This is in VERY poor taste!
The upcoming film about the life of Princess Diana, starring Naomi Watts, was being advertised with a giant poster outside of the Paris tunnel where Lady Di was killed in a horrible car crash!
The billboard also stood just feet away from the Flame of Liberty, which became a makeshift memorial site following Diana's death! Thousands still visit the site to pay their respects to the People's Princess.
How could anybody think this would be a good idea?!?
A close friend of Diana's is reacting to the poster's placement, calling it "despicable and crass"! Rosa Monckton, a trusted confidante of the Princess, said:
"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."
Late this afternoon, the poster was removed by the advertising agency who put them up after the distributors complained.
The Diana biopic opened in France over the weekend after getting slammed by critics when it was released in the UK earlier this month.
We have no problem with this controversial film being made, but show a little respect when you market it!
According to the company in charge of the campaign, the location of this poster was a complete coincidence, given that sites for advertisements are picked at random.
Coincidence or not, this was a major mistake on their part! But we're glad to see they've corrected their error!
[Image via Getty Images.]
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