”Slave’ Becomes Master’: Newspaper’s Oscar Headline A Major Misstep, Editor Says

Source: Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News

Like many newspapers, the Daily Breeze published a cover story Monday about the Academy Awards and “12 Years a Slave,” which became the first movie ever directed by a black filmmaker to win best picture.

But the Torrance, Calif., newspaper went with a front-page headline that, given the film’s subject matter, some deemed insensitive. It read: “‘Slave’ becomes master.”

“I couldn’t agree more,” Michael Anastasi, vice president and executive editor of news at Daily Breeze owner Los Angeles News Group, told Yahoo News of the criticism. “It was tacky, ridiculous and frankly stupid. I can’t defend it, so I’m not going to.”

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