Inappropriately placed poster for the film ‘Diana’ should be removed
The film Diana starring Naomi Watts was deservedly criticised as “inappropriate” but now that those promoting it have placed an advertising poster for it next to the scene of her 1997 death at the Pont de l’Alma in Paris, they’ve truly sunk to a new low.
Of the 6 foot by 4 foot poster, Rosa Monckton, described as “one of the Princess’ most trusted confidantes”, told the Mail Online:
“I really don’t have any words to describe how I feel about this cynical and shameless attempt to publicise a film that should never have been made. To have made a film so speculative and as this is disgusting enough, but to then advertise it on the spot at which she died is despicable”.
Monckton is right. The film’s distributors – Entertainment One – have shown total insensitivity in allowing this publicity stunt to happen. Placing this poster next to the Flame of Liberty – an unofficial memorial to Diana in the wake of her death – is tasteless. They should order it removed immediately.
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Disgusting. Nothing else needs to be said.
The distributors of the film are responsible for the entire advertising budget of the product, and are under pressure to recoup all advertising costs through good box office takings. UIP Warner have used gimmick advertising and stunts with great success in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
This practice have been going on for decades, it is not meant to be a disrespect to Princess Diana.