We’ve done our fair share of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie bashing on this site. We may rant about poisoning our nostalgia well and the evils of contributing to the purchase of Michael Bay’s next yacht. But in earnest, we all know that this movie is essentially harmless.* It’s another craptacular movie in a long line of crap. Two months from now, we’ll have forgotten it ever existed. This morning, however, a line was crossed from shitty movie to just plain shit.
Today Paramount Pictures Australia tweeted a promotional poster image for the movie’s release. The poster features the disturbing CGI turtle-monsters falling/flying out of an exploding skyscraper. Oh, and did we mention that the movie has a different release date in Australia?
You may argue that in Australia, bodies falling from skyscrapers isn’t a tragically haunting image that will forever be tied to that particular date. But you can NOT tell me that in a huge franchise entrenched in bureaucracy, NO ONE made this connection and thought it was a bad idea. Whether it was a publicity stunt or just a stupid f*cking oversight, it was in terrible, terrible taste and should never have been made.
In predictable fashion, Twitter exploded with rage and the tweet was deleted almost immediately.
*Let the rebuttals begin!
Via The Wrap.