The way Anne of Green Gables looks is such a part of Canadian culture that the photoshopping of a U.S. poster for the new Netflix version of the story has triggered controversy.
Complaints blew up on social media after a Twitter user pointed out differences in posters done for Canada and the U.S. The key objection is the American Anne has been drained of characteristics that make Anne Shirley and her story so beloved here.
“On the poster, meant to promote the show to American audiences ahead of its online release on May 12, actress Amybeth McNulty’s skin has been altered to look less freckly — freckles are one of Anne’s defining features — and more tanned,” the Toronto Star wrote.
“The new poster, on which Anne appears bathed in golden light in the middle of a field, appears to eliminate the bags until McNulty’s eyes and alter Anne’s signature buck teeth,” the Star said. There’s been no reply from Netflix as yet to the extensive media coverage of the complaints.