Harvey Weinstein has enlisted a group of civil rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson in his battle with Warner Bros. over the use of the title The Butler even as the title itself enters arbitration.
Jackson was joined by NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous and Roy Innis, national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, in throwing their support behind Weinstein and the Lee Daniels-directed film. An appeal on the case, which was originally ruled in favor of Warner Bros by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), began Friday. Jackson, Jealous, and Innis released a joint statement saying, “We are all watching and waiting for the results of today’s arbitration and hoping that Warner Bros and the MPAA make the right decision on this important movie about civil rights.”