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There’s a bit of irony in MGM’s decision to preem “Barbershop 2” the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

When the first film came out, some activists called for a boycott because of comic dialogue by Cedric the Entertainer that was perceived as disparaging to Dr. King, Jesse Jackson and Rosa Parks.

“It’s a coincidence,” said star/exec-producer Ice Cube about the preem date. He added that MGM “stood up like a champ” when the first “Barbershop” was criticized.

“They did nothing to manipulate the filmmakers one bit.”

The Lion made strong coin from the first film, and in the words of vice-chairman Chris McGurk at the Annex after-party, “we don’t have tentpoles, we have barber poles. This franchise has done well for us — look for a TV series soon.”

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