Tuesday, August 5, 2014

An Unfortunate 9/11 Reference


Image credit: http://www.celebitchy.com/378936/celebrate_911_this_year_with_teenage_mutant_ninja_turtles_exploding_buildings/

A re-boot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will be out in North America in three days’ time. But in Down Under, it won’t be out until September 11. 

Paramount Pictures Australia showed off the movie’s poster – a great piece of artwork of the turtles leaping from the roof of an exploding New York skyscraper. The unfortunate thing is that the Australian release date was clearly spelled out and some locals took exception of it, calling it insensitive. 

September 11, 2001 was the date the terror attacks took place in the same city where nearly 3,000 people were killed and the World Trade Center was reduced to rubble. [Australia lost eleven citizens and if you’re interested to know, Malaysia lost three]. 

The image had appeared on Paramount’s official Twitter account but it has since been deleted. It is still making its rounds because nothing really gets deleted on the Internet! 

It has been thirteen years. Should we ban all movies that depict exploding buildings when September 11 rolls around each year? Methinks it is a case of overreaction. 

Anyway, I am a fan of the TMNT and I am looking forward to the movie.

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