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International Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster causes 9/11 controversy

Jul. 29, 2014by:

With a couple of weeks before TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES opens in domestic theaters, the film is involved in a minor controversy. It appears that some people are not taking kindly to the new Australian poster for the movie along with the release date it will have down under which is September 11th. That coupled with the below tweet is what has set off the outcry.

While the tweet has since been taken down and the poster changed, there are still many online who are making this into a bigger deal than it needs to be. Sure, there are still countless people who are directly affected by the terrible events of 9/11, but this seems like quite a stretch. Yes, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES takes place in New York City and yes it involves massive destruction, but it seems a tenuous connection between an exploding building and the unfortunate Australian release date.

Paramount Pictures has revised the poster to remove mention of September 11th but it does not appear the release date will be altered in any way. I highly doubt this will cause any issue with the domestic release of the film but it goes to show thirteen years is still not enough time for everyone to be comfortable with such imagery.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES hits domestic theaters on August 8th.

Source: Metro

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1:51AM on 07/31/2014
In a world so obsessed with being PC its surface is practically covered in eggshells and it is impossible to tread anywhere...
In a world so obsessed with being PC its surface is practically covered in eggshells and it is impossible to tread anywhere...
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9:20PM on 07/30/2014

Are you fucking retarded? Do you want me to be fucking retarded?

Seriously, what fucking planet do we live on now? There's been multiple movies about 9-11 not to mention the films about Pearl Harbor. Shit like this is why people want a real Purge to happen. Too much damn entitlement going around with people these days. Everyone feels that they should be catered too and coddled. Get the fuck outta here!
Seriously, what fucking planet do we live on now? There's been multiple movies about 9-11 not to mention the films about Pearl Harbor. Shit like this is why people want a real Purge to happen. Too much damn entitlement going around with people these days. Everyone feels that they should be catered too and coddled. Get the fuck outta here!
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12:09PM on 07/30/2014

It was 13 years ago. Let it GO!!!!!!

Outside of still singing God Bless America during the 7th inning at some baseball games, I thought we had finally learned to move on since 9/11? It's been 13 years, and it's only going to get further into the past. Bay blew up half of Chicago's skyline in TF3 and no one made 9/11 complaints. How about all the destruction to New York buildings in The Avengers? Or the insane realistic looking destruction to Metropolis in Man of Steel? No 9/11 complaints there.
I'm not looking forward to Bay's
Outside of still singing God Bless America during the 7th inning at some baseball games, I thought we had finally learned to move on since 9/11? It's been 13 years, and it's only going to get further into the past. Bay blew up half of Chicago's skyline in TF3 and no one made 9/11 complaints. How about all the destruction to New York buildings in The Avengers? Or the insane realistic looking destruction to Metropolis in Man of Steel? No 9/11 complaints there.
I'm not looking forward to Bay's TMNT movie at all. Honestly though, it's a movie poster! When I see this poster I think of the shot in "Armageddon" when the meteor shower destroyed the Chrysler Building. Remember that shot? Big explosion with people falling pass the camera. Same thing here, only with messed up turtles that kind of look like the Ninja Turtles.
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12:17AM on 07/30/2014
I get it, everyone knows Micheal Bay is obsessed with 9/11, so we're all looking for the next reference he'll insert. But seriously guys, there's no way he had any creative input on this, or that the person making it had any idea when the film would be released. It's all just a dumb coincidence.
I get it, everyone knows Micheal Bay is obsessed with 9/11, so we're all looking for the next reference he'll insert. But seriously guys, there's no way he had any creative input on this, or that the person making it had any idea when the film would be released. It's all just a dumb coincidence.
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11:54PM on 07/29/2014
Oh shut the fuck up people, I can see your pussy from way over here.
Oh shut the fuck up people, I can see your pussy from way over here.
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8:30PM on 07/29/2014
It's just a poster.
It's just a poster.
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6:45PM on 07/29/2014
So, you guys like..stuff?
So, you guys like..stuff?
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6:44PM on 07/29/2014
Don't attack me, but the article did say minor controversy, feels like most people are chiming in as if it was a major controversy. Granted I agree with most of the people below that we do live in too PC times. I shouldn't have to worry about calling someone a retard getting labeled as hate speech but 9/11 is a still tragic subject and a little common sense should have been used, I'm not offended but could easily see how it is. At the end of the day, there's bigger fish to fry....
Don't attack me, but the article did say minor controversy, feels like most people are chiming in as if it was a major controversy. Granted I agree with most of the people below that we do live in too PC times. I shouldn't have to worry about calling someone a retard getting labeled as hate speech but 9/11 is a still tragic subject and a little common sense should have been used, I'm not offended but could easily see how it is. At the end of the day, there's bigger fish to fry....
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6:39PM on 07/29/2014
Their's bigger issues going on in the world than a stupid turtles poster. Move on people.
Their's bigger issues going on in the world than a stupid turtles poster. Move on people.
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5:51PM on 07/29/2014

Bitches will bitch

It's usually the few loud voices that get the attention, unfortunately.
Then after they get the attention, they get what their whiny asses want. Lame.
It's usually the few loud voices that get the attention, unfortunately.
Then after they get the attention, they get what their whiny asses want. Lame.
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5:43PM on 07/29/2014
This is such bullsh*t Not once did I look at the poster and think omg that is so offensive. The World has gone absolutely mad with this PC bollocks.
This is such bullsh*t Not once did I look at the poster and think omg that is so offensive. The World has gone absolutely mad with this PC bollocks.
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5:42PM on 07/29/2014
Donatello is the smart one i`m guessing because he`s wearing glasses because who ever made this movie thinks that smart people wear glasses.That`s how we tell the different`s between high IQ and low IQ.
Donatello is the smart one i`m guessing because he`s wearing glasses because who ever made this movie thinks that smart people wear glasses.That`s how we tell the different`s between high IQ and low IQ.
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4:58PM on 07/29/2014
I wish the studio didn't change it. and instead show a pic of Ralph giving the finger to all the overly sensitive people out there.
I wish the studio didn't change it. and instead show a pic of Ralph giving the finger to all the overly sensitive people out there.
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11:58PM on 07/29/2014
But which finger? They only have 3? I mean, I guess they could still put up a middle finger, but it would kind of look like he was pointing with his index finger.
But which finger? They only have 3? I mean, I guess they could still put up a middle finger, but it would kind of look like he was pointing with his index finger.
12:19AM on 07/30/2014
Who the fuck is Ralph?
Who the fuck is Ralph?
4:28PM on 07/29/2014
As a New Yorker, the only thing that offends me is that this is what passes as a poster these days.
As a New Yorker, the only thing that offends me is that this is what passes as a poster these days.
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3:49PM on 07/29/2014
That's really a stretch...a ridiculous one at that. I can understand trying to avoid tasteless and careless references that are directly connected to the tragic events of 9/11 but for every time there is an explosion in the building to be correlated with that is a bit much. There are many films or buildings explode or are crashed into or demolished with people inside...hell look at Man of Steel.
That's really a stretch...a ridiculous one at that. I can understand trying to avoid tasteless and careless references that are directly connected to the tragic events of 9/11 but for every time there is an explosion in the building to be correlated with that is a bit much. There are many films or buildings explode or are crashed into or demolished with people inside...hell look at Man of Steel.
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3:50PM on 07/29/2014
In *a* building
In *a* building
3:51PM on 07/29/2014
Ugh...autocorrect always fucks up my posts. Oh well, people here are smart and literate enough to understand my meaning. Haha.
Ugh...autocorrect always fucks up my posts. Oh well, people here are smart and literate enough to understand my meaning. Haha.
3:39PM on 07/29/2014
Yeah, that's pretty ridiculous. Hollywood is all about knocking skyscrapers down, they just took a few years off after the attacks. I'm actually siding with the TMNT production on this one, and the movie looks awful.
Yeah, that's pretty ridiculous. Hollywood is all about knocking skyscrapers down, they just took a few years off after the attacks. I'm actually siding with the TMNT production on this one, and the movie looks awful.
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3:39PM on 07/29/2014
Gimme a break. Also that poster is TERRIBLE.
Gimme a break. Also that poster is TERRIBLE.
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3:31PM on 07/29/2014
People aren't over this yet?
People aren't over this yet?
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3:50PM on 07/29/2014
Point in fact, no they're not. It was one of the worst single days in human history. The fact that such an unthinkable act was perpetrated in our generation is hard to get over. I, like many people, remember the day very vividly. I may not have been there but it is something that affected us all.
Point in fact, no they're not. It was one of the worst single days in human history. The fact that such an unthinkable act was perpetrated in our generation is hard to get over. I, like many people, remember the day very vividly. I may not have been there but it is something that affected us all.
8:21PM on 07/29/2014
So life is just something that happens in front of you... cool.
So life is just something that happens in front of you... cool.
2:54PM on 07/29/2014
Remember 2002? There was also some controversy regarding the title of the second LOTR movies, "The Two Towers". Twelve years later, people haven't gotten smarter.
Remember 2002? There was also some controversy regarding the title of the second LOTR movies, "The Two Towers". Twelve years later, people haven't gotten smarter.
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2:48PM on 07/29/2014

FFS

Give me a break.
Give me a break.
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2:35PM on 07/29/2014
Someone in Australia was offended by a perceived September 11th connection? Was it an American holidaying in Australia, by any chance?
Someone in Australia was offended by a perceived September 11th connection? Was it an American holidaying in Australia, by any chance?
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2:32PM on 07/29/2014

shut the fuck up people

cant really see the twin towers or a plane. and who gives a shit. you know how many films have destroyed big building since? transformers 3 sure as fuck did and no one bitched. people that complain about this sort of stuff need to pull their head out of their fucking ass. or better yet....I shove their fucking face in their fucking ass.
cant really see the twin towers or a plane. and who gives a shit. you know how many films have destroyed big building since? transformers 3 sure as fuck did and no one bitched. people that complain about this sort of stuff need to pull their head out of their fucking ass. or better yet....I shove their fucking face in their fucking ass.
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4:02PM on 07/29/2014
We got a regular Bill fuckin' Shakespeare right here...
We got a regular Bill fuckin' Shakespeare right here...
5:30PM on 07/29/2014
People DID complain about TF3 Building scene, especially when they jump out the window. In fact, people find ANYTHING to bitch about the TF movies, like Drift looking Asian and sounding Asian with an actual Asian man voicing him. So, the Turtles poster really does not surprise me. It's stupid, it's a movie, it's not Ninja Turtles 9/11: The Untold Story.
People need to calm down about this stuff. I mean, I get why the original Spider-man teaser was taken down, but since then anything related
People DID complain about TF3 Building scene, especially when they jump out the window. In fact, people find ANYTHING to bitch about the TF movies, like Drift looking Asian and sounding Asian with an actual Asian man voicing him. So, the Turtles poster really does not surprise me. It's stupid, it's a movie, it's not Ninja Turtles 9/11: The Untold Story.
People need to calm down about this stuff. I mean, I get why the original Spider-man teaser was taken down, but since then anything related to towers or buildings or planes is directly and magically a 9/11 reference.
When LOTR Two Towers became an issue, all I could think about was how a title for a book, many decades older than when 9/11 happened, should be forced to change it's title because a few are "hurt" by what happened. Yes, 9/11 was immensely tragic, but LOTR Two Towers is a book, and there is no reason for people to think 9/11 as a reference nor constantly look for one in other movies.
8:17PM on 07/29/2014
i agree with why the spider man teaser was taken down though still feel it should not have. i get they wanted to be sympatehtic. i was newly 21 and it was the first shock in my life. just dont understand why stuff like this happens. its stupid. i never knew about transformers 3. been on this site since it started (no joke). but many name is not Bill Shakespeare
i agree with why the spider man teaser was taken down though still feel it should not have. i get they wanted to be sympatehtic. i was newly 21 and it was the first shock in my life. just dont understand why stuff like this happens. its stupid. i never knew about transformers 3. been on this site since it started (no joke). but many name is not Bill Shakespeare
2:25PM on 07/29/2014
WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH. When did the world become so damn sensitive. Lighten the fuck up.
WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH. When did the world become so damn sensitive. Lighten the fuck up.
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