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SLO Film Fest responds to Twitter uproar over ‘Loqueesha’ film

Posted at 1:08 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 16:08:11-04

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is responding to a Twitter storm over the trailer for a new independent film.

The movie “Loqueesha” is about a white man who pretends to be a black woman in order to secure a job as a radio personality. It’s being slammed on social media as racist.

In the first few seconds of the trailer for “Loqueesha,” a screen pops up reading “Official Selection San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2019.”

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival responded on Twitter over the weekend, saying the film was never selected, screened or given an award and that the film festival’s laurels were taken without permission.

After Twitter users pointed out that “Loqueesha” was originally listed in the 2019 film festival lineup, the festival responded again, saying the film was pulled from the lineup prior to the festival and was never shown.

A spokesperson for the film festival told KSBY News it has been assured by the filmmakers that the laurels will be removed from the trailer.