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CAIR Calls on Warner Bros. to Explain Why Black Co-Star Dropped from ‘Dune’ Posters in China

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/26/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), today called on Warner Bros. to explain why the image of Black “Dune” co-star Sharon Duncan-Brewster was dropped from posters advertising the film in China, differing from promotional materials in other countries. 

SEE: WB Removes Dune’s Black Co-Star to Please China

Black actress removed from ‘Dune’ poster

[NOTE: On Thursday, Oct. 28 (3 p.m. ET), CAIR will host a Facebook live discussion with Dr. Amir Hussain and Dr. Jörg Matthias Determann about Islamic themes and references in “Dune” and the place of Islam in pop culture.] 

“It’s bad enough that American corporations have censored books, news sites, social media platforms, and even the Bible and the Quran to accommodate China,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The removal of Sharon Duncan-Brewster’s image from the ‘Dune’ poster in China creates the impression that an American company is now censoring the very appearance of a Black woman to satisfy its own racist misconceptions about audiences in China. As they say, ‘fear is the mind-killer.'”

He said Warner Bros. must explain the differences in the posters.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Apple’s Decision to Remove Quran and Bible Apps in China, Calls on American Corporations to ‘Grow a Spine’

CAIR has frequently condemned China’s genocidal actions targeting ethnic and religious minorities and is a member of the #BoycottHilton coalition, which is demanding that Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. not license a hotel on the site of a bulldozed Uyghur mosque in China.


CAIR, along with other members of the #BoycottHilton Coalition made up of more than 40 American and international organizations, recently released letters calling on the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct separate investigations into whether Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and the Chinese corporation Huan Peng Hotel Management are violating the law or otherwise acting counter to the foreign policy interests of the United States by contributing to the Chinese government’s ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims.     


Hilton Worldwide has entered into an agreement with Huan Peng Hotel Management – one that it could terminate – to license the construction of a Hampton Hotel on the site of a bulldozed mosque in the Uyghur region of China.        

In recent years, the Department of Commerce has added several dozen private Chinese corporations to the Entity List for activities connected to China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities.     

Secretary of State Blinken has also warned American corporations that they “run a high risk of violating U.S. law” for “investments connected to Xinjiang.”   

The #BoycottHilton Coalition held an educational leafleting outside Hilton hotels in a dozen cities in the United States and Canada.

Video: #BoycottHilton Leafleting Protests Hilton Licensing Hotel on Site of Bulldozed Uyghur China Mosque

Video: #BoycottHilton Protest in West Haven, Connecticut

In September, the #BoycottHilton Coalition called on the UN Global Compact to begin the process of removing Hilton Worldwide as a participant over that corporation’s violations of its principles by entering into an agreement to license the construction of a Hampton Hotel on the site of the bulldozed mosque.     

CLICK HERE: Read #BoycottHilton’s Letter to the United Nations

On September 16, the #BoycottHilton Coalition held a news conference outside the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., to announce a worldwide boycott of Hilton Worldwide.       

Full Video: CAIR, Coalition Announce Boycott of Hilton Over Hotel on Site of Uyghur Mosque in China    

PHOTOS: CAIR, 40+ Coalition Partners Announce Global Boycott of Hilton Hotels Over Plan to Build Hotel on Site of Demolished Uyghur Mosque in China     

The coalition also launched a petition drive asking signatories to take a pledge “to join the global boycott of ALL Hilton-owned hotels until the company cancels its plan to establish a hotel on the site of a bulldozed Uyghur mosque in China.”      

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On September 8, the coalition delivered a letter to Hilton headquarters in Virginia giving the corporation one week to end the agreement to license the construction of a Hampton Hotel on the site of a bulldozed mosque in the Uyghur region of China or face a global boycott.       

Video: CAIR, Coalition Partners Give Hilton One Week to Cancel Hotel on Bulldozed Uyghur Mosque in China or Face Global Boycott 

The Telegraph revealed plans for the project in June.           

SEE: Hilton hotel to be built in Xinjiang after China demolishes Uyghur mosque

*Organizations in the #BoycottHilton Coalition include:      

  • Uyghur Human Rights Project      
  • World Uyghur Congress      
  • Campaign for Uyghurs      
  • Free Uyghur Now       
  • Justice for All       
  • Belgium Uyghur Association (Belgium)   
  • ChinaAid Association   
  • Citizen Power Initiatives for China   
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)   
  • The International Campaign for Tibet   
  • Justice and Liberties for All Committee (France)       
  • Muslim Council of Britain (England)   
  • No Business With Genocide   
  • Türkiye Dernekler Federasyonu / Federation of Associations of Turkey   
  • U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)    
    • American Muslim Alliance (AMA)    
    • American Muslim for Palestine (AMP)    
    • Baitulmaal for Relief and Development      
    • Burmese Rohingya Association of North America (BRANA)    
    • Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)    
    • CAIR   
    • Dar Alhijrah Islamic Center    
    • Downtown Islamic Center – Chicago (DIC)    
    • Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD)    
    • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)    
    • Islamic Association of North America (IANA)    
    • Islamic Center of Chicago Western Suburbs (ICW)    
    • Islamic Center of Detroit (ICD)    
    • Islamic Community Center of Illinois (ICCI)    
    • Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN)    
    • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)    
    • Islamic Leadership Council of New York    
    • Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC)    
    • Mercy Without Limits (MWL)    
    • Mosque Foundation (MF)    
    • The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. D. Mohammed)    
    • Muslim American Society (MAS)    
    • Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)    
    • Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)    
    • Muslim Forum of the Pacific Northwest (MFPNW)    
    • New York Majlis Ashura       
    • North America Imams Federation (NAIF)    
    • Together We Serve (TWS)  
    • United Muslim Relief (UMR)    
    • United Hands Relief (UHR)            

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CONTACT: Campaign for Uyghurs Director of Public Affairs and Advocacy Julie Millsap, (830) 822 7289,; Uyghur Human Rights Project Director of Cultural Affairs Mustafa Aksu,; Free Uyghur Now President Mosaab Sadeia,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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