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Francis Slay v. Lewis Reed: Slavery Image on "Bootlicker" Film Flyer Sparks Controversy

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"Slayvery" flyer. Big version below.
The re-election campaign for Mayor Francis Slay is slamming a flyer for a local documentary called "Bootlicker," which depicts a black man down on his knees in front of Slay next to the word, "Slayvery."

With the primary election less than a month away, the battle for mayor has gotten very contentious -- with the issue of race at the center of some the debates as Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed looks to unseat the long-time mayor. Slay's campaign manager tells Daily RFT that this is the kind of offensive, divisive material that Reed's supporters continue to push -- while Team Reed reiterates that the candidate has absolutely nothing to do with the film or the flyer and says his opponent is getting desperate.

But what does the filmaker have to say about his controversial flyer?

First, here's the full image of the flyer, which is being passed around in advance of the February 20 screening of a film called "Bootlicker."

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The flyer and the project is the brainchild of Terry Artis, the president and publisher of RiverCity Xaminer, an online black news organization in St. Louis. "Bootlicker" is RiverCity's first film.

Artis tells Daily RFT that the film -- which he wrote, edit, directed and produced -- explores racial tensions in the city, prompted by the controversial demotion of St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George.

"The idea came from the politics of racial division that I saw really come to a head...when Chief Sherman George was demoted," Artis says. "Racial division exploded with that act."

Continue for more of our interview with Terry Artis and comments from the Slay and Reed campaigns.

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jealousblues1
jealousblues1 topcommenter

Apparently music used in this video was done without the artists permission 

jayvhall
jayvhall

RE: BOOTLICKER Film Promotion
It is disheartening as a citizen of this city to see blatant promotion that furthers the racial divide that we live with on a daily basis. PLEASE editorialize and debate, but political cartooning is misunderstood by the youth and misinformed of Saint Louis. We have a responsibility to better the city, not steer it toward more division and closemindedness.

I attempted to email the RiverCity Examiner at the email addresses on their website, but my emails were undeliverable. Perhaps their servers are down. Or maybe not? It would appear they don't want to hear from others.

KITTY
KITTY

Reed cant' win without injecting race in his run for mayor. Each and every time a black person runs against a white canditate racism rears its ugly head time and again. Never mind blacks are as racist as any white person ever was. This kind of shit makes me sick. Give it up Reed. You don't have a chance to beat Slay regardless of how low to stoop to get elected. As far as Sherman George - he was a fucking clown who brought disgrace to the fire department. He should never have been chief to begin with. Firing him was justified and we are better off without him.

Lloyd Henry
Lloyd Henry

Darrell Ford - Could you provide some verifiable evidence of your claim?

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

Of course Reed is going to play the race card...He's a racist !

Jeremy Morris-Burke
Jeremy Morris-Burke

Shouldn't the movie be called "Handkisser"? 'Cause, that's what he's doing in the picture. And I'm seeing this on the day the Pope, who is easily the most hand-kissed human alive, retires? I smell a C-o-n-s-p-i-r-a-c-y-!-!-!

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

If you can't use offensive race issues to determine an election what can you use? Policy? Results? Reasonable and logical discussion? Pfft! Boring!

Linda Woods
Linda Woods

Who put this on. Ifeel it was a moron who did.

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

The race-baiting tactics by Reed's supporters in this election have been quite deplorable, if you ask me. I'm not a huge Slay fan, and I was willing to give a challenger a serious chance and listen, but I haven't heard anything to move me toward Reed, even a little bit.

rach0176
rach0176

I was born and raised in St. Louis. I went to school and started my career throughout the South and I have yet to see racism like I saw in St. Louis. Eventhough its home, I would never move back if I can help it. It is a profound racial divide in the city and nobody cares. Sad but very true!

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