Lee Daniels’ latest film, The Butler starring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey cleaned up at the box office this weekend, making $25 million and thus earning the number one spot.
However, the movie’s success isn’t the only reason why the movie is making headlines today.
Moviegoers in Silver Spring, MD reported a heavy police presence in the theater where The Butler was screened:
A woman who attended a Saturday showing of Lee Daniels’ The Butler at a Regal Cinema in Silver Spring, Md. says she and other patrons faced a police presence as they watched the film. While Regal said in a statement this is something “routinely” employed for sold out showings, Tiffany Flowers says she felt racially profiled.
Flowers took to Twitter to show her “utter disgust” for the theater, explaining that her ticket was doubled verified and that patrons were met by armed police officers.
“As soon as we enter the theater we were greeted by an actual police officer who herded traffic in one direction,” Flowers tweeted. “The almost entirely black audience of #TheButler was subjected to watching the film while armed guards faced the audience. Why?”
In response, Regal Entertainment Group claims that it routinely hires security for sold out screenings.
Do you think this is a case of racial profiling?
Did you see The Butler this weekend and experience anything like this?
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