While both posters for Lee Daniels‘ The Butler retain the line “one quiet voice can ignite a revolution,” the second, depicting Forest Whitaker raising the “Black power” fist with a white butler’s glove, sends a confusing message about the film.
While some are tired of seeing Blacks in servant roles for the digestion of the masses, and others feel that the story of service-workers like Eugene Allen should not be dismissed, the story’s passivity doesn’t quite correlate with the second poster’s revolutionary theme.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
The historical drama film, now called the male version of The Help, follows the life of Allen, the White House butler of 34 years who served eight presidents and retired as chief butler and Maître d’ in 1986.
The cast includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Jesse Williams, Aml Ameen, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr, and many more. The Butler arrives in theaters August 16, 2013.
Watch: ‘The Butler’ Trailer