Celebrate 9/11 this year with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & exploding buildings

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I’ve been trying to ignore the fact that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is being released soon. The American release is on August 8th, two Fridays from now. But in Australia, it’s being released in September 11th, which is a Thursday this year. It will be the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks which killed nearly 3000 people and brought down the World Trade Towers. It’s a solemn anniversary and nearly everyone in America takes time out of their day every year to weep for our fallen and to remember. Paramount Pictures is totally cool with that, but they’d also like to remind all of the Australians out there to go see TMNT, so they sent out this completely f—ked up tweet yesterday:


To their credit (I guess?), they deleted the tweet quickly. While I don’t doubt that Michael Bay (the producer) has no sh-ts to give about 9/11 – or he cares about it because one day he’d like to make a Transformers film with a 9/11-based script! – I really don’t think this tweet was his call. I think this was some lowly publicity person at Paramount who glanced at the image and thought, “AWESOME! Must tweet immediately.” I don’t know – do you think Michael Bay approved all of the posters/publicity stills? Doubtful. Especially since Bay is only the producer – this crapfest was directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Way to go, dude.

Also – I guess I should point, this is just further evidence that small studio blunders can blow up into huge international controversies because of social media. If this image had just been a poster used only in Australian theaters, I doubt people would have cared that much. It would have been localized and Australia-specific. But because this was tweeted out (and on Paramount’s Facebook), it became a much bigger deal.

Last thing: while I am offended by the terrible poster, my blood runs cold when I see these turtles. They are TERRIFYING. I cannot believe anyone thought this movie would be a good idea.


Photos courtesy of Paramount, WENN.

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  1. Blackbetty says:

    I’m Australian and have only seen this online so far. I didn’t know 9/11 was the release date. I agree that the turtles look creepy! like who is the target audience?! I grew up with the original and had it on VHS.

    • Mmhmm says:

      This is not insensitive at all. I guess we can’t watch movies with explosions on 9/11 anymore; and I honestly didn’t think of 9/11 when I saw that until the internet went crazy over it. Especially since this was in freaking Australia? Also, the poster is created LONG before a date is chosen, so it’s not like the designers knew it was coming out on 9/11. People get overly butthurt about the dumbest crap now.

      • WayPastMyBedtime says:


      • GeeMoney says:

        9/11 was no joke… and I hate to give you crap for saying that people shouldn’t relate this poster to that (b/c usually I think people are too sensitive), but come on.

        Maybe you aren’t American, and didn’t watch 2 buildings full of people collapse to the ground back in 2001… but I can tell you this – that poster is waaaaay insensitive.

      • aang says:


      • MrsB says:

        It would have been fine if it was ONLY a poster in Australia, but as it said in the article, it became a problem when it was tweeted out for all Americans who have vivid memories of that awful day, to see.

      • MCraw says:

        What’s overly butthurt about seeing multiple… Creatures… Falling from an exploding tower after seeing the words “September 11”? I agree that people are generally overly sensitive about things, but this is not one of them. If I can say with certainty what bodies actually look like when falling from an exploding, burning tower… It’s because this is a reminder of that. And it did make me sick, even though I’m not the sensitive kind of gal.

      • WayPastMyBedtime says:

        Why is it ‘waaaaay insensitive’ though? Insensitive would be if you make a joke about 9/11 and then not care about hurting other people’s feelings. This clearly was a stupid mistake someone made and it got deleted when they realised just that.

      • WayPastMyBedtime says:

        @MCraw not everyone associates september 11 or images of burning buildings with that specific terroristic attack in the States. Sorry america isn’t the centre of our universe. This poster was released in Australia. The only mistake they made in my eyes was tweeting it, which meant that American fans also saw it.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        It’s an American movie. I don’t care if it was tweeted in Australia–it was a dumb and careless thing to do.

        “Sorry america isn’t the centre of our universe”

        So you’re not American and have no idea what it was like here during 9/11 and the year that followed so do us a favor and stop talking about it. You don’t need to minimize what happened–just have some class and acknowledge it doesn’t resonate with you and move on.

        “Insensitive would be if you make a joke about 9/11 and then not care about hurting other people’s feelings.”

        It’s really not for you to decide for others what they should/shouldn’t be sensitive about.

      • GeeMoney says:

        If people are getting THIS upset about it, that means it’s “waaaaay insensitive”. Thank you very much.

        And (to be a snooty American)… Hollywood IS the center of the movie universe. And since America is the superpower and most things that we do influence and have a huge effect out across the world, this crazy movie poster DOES matter.

        Perhaps you can prove me wrong when something ginormous comes out of Australia and us Americans actually give a damn. And don’t say Julian Assange… b/c that story was blip on the American radar.


      • K says:


      • ScrewStewrat99 says:

        I was in middle school when 9/11 happened and I wasn’t even in New York, but if you live in America that day represents a great sadness and loss. I don’t care that the poster was made or released in Australia. I don’t care that the movie is being released on 9/11in Australia. I do care that it was internationally tweeted and put in my face. Seeing those turtles leaping from a burning building with the date 9/11 is insane. It drags out hurtful and sad memories. Americans literally saw that poster image, but with real humans. I remember watching the news and watching people jump from the building to the ground. It was a terrible moment in our history and while we don’t expect to be the center of the universe or expect others to be offended by this, we expect some decency from American movie promoters. An American studio released this for all of us to see. They should have used a different poster and promoted this one in Australia only with that date on it. I hate overly sensitive crap, but don’t tell me I can’t be sensitive to something that brings up such horrible memories and images in my mind. Thanks

      • aang says:

        I am american and america is not the center of my universe. I don’t get more upset about the death of people who happen to share my citizenship than I do about the death of any person. The world is a scary place and no poster makes it more or less so. People in other countries live with terrorism and bombings every day. We are not special or exempt and need to get over ourselves.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @ aang-Yeah I agree that people have it worse but I’m not so insensitive as to minimize their tragedies just because I can’t relate to it on a personal level.
        It’s not about “getting over ourselves”, it’s about having respect for the victims and the victim’s families. It doesn’t have to be a contest of “which country has it worse”, it’s just good manners to show respect and sensitivity in light of a national tragedy.

      • Mmhmm says:

        Look I was terrified on 9/11. I was 11 years old and had just finished playing basketball with my cousin. I remember watching every moment and seeing the building collapse on television and seeing the second plane hit. Yes, it wasn’t smart, but they didn’t realize it and (good for them) deleted the tweet when they did realize it. But (and I’m totally going to sound like an ass here) I’m still confused over some of the outrage. It’s an ACTION movie for kids, it’s going to have exploding buildings. They’re going to advertise it to appeal to people, it just so happened to land on 9/11. It’s not going to hurt me to see the poster, which I still think VAGUELY represents 9/11 and many of you only saw the connection because of the controversy.

      • ScrewStewrat99 says:

        I’m not insensitive towards tragedies that happen in other countries and I certainly don’t care less of other peoples deaths. I hate the situations going on around the world at the moment and I feel horrible about people dying and being brutally injured for nothing, especially the children, but 9/11 was personal. It was close to home. I had to comfort my friend who was hysterically crying because her father was in the building and she didn’t know if he was ok (he died that day). I don’t downplay what tragedies happen around the world, but I’m not going to not feel the feelings I have towards 9/11 because others have it worse.

        Thank you TOK for your statement. I couldn’t have said it better.

      • Courtney says:

        +2 Bad sh*t has happened on almost every day on the calendar. Being offended has become our national pastime.

      • GeeMoney says:

        Bad s#$% happened every day on our calendar, yes this is true… but how many of those incidents involved terrorists flying planes into buildings? And people tumbling out of those buildings to their deaths? And shutting down an entire city for days on end?

      • Whatwhatnot says:

        As a native NY’er who was watching from Brooklyn with my own eyes that day, (not on a TV screen) who went cold watching the events unfold, who was paranoid for months after the collapse of the towers, who can still remember the eerie silence in the city with only the hum of fighter jets whizzing around, who cried for weeks after and who still cries every 9/11, I can say that I wasn’t offended by this. From what I understood, it was the release date for Australia? I don’t expect Australia to be as emotionally tied to that date as Americans. Much like Americans in general aren’t really emotionally tied to the bombings of say, Madrid (I even had to look up the date to remember when it was) which was March 11. I know life goes on as usual here in NYC on 3/11.

        It went on twitter and it happened to be visible to Americans. But I don’t feel any disrespect or insensitivity meant by it.

        What I did find disrespectful was last year for the 9/11 anniversary memorials, reading about OTHER Americans tweeting that NYers should “get over it already” and “move on” because it’s been more than 10yrs. That was something to get pissed off about!

      • Nicolette says:

        @WayPastMyBedtime, as @TOK stated you are not an American and have no idea what it was like on that day. I live in NYC and I can tell you that while it was unfolding, and we had no idea how many planes were coming in, where they would be used as weapons next, and how many people were dying as we watched the World Trade Center collapse, it was utterly horrifying. We had no idea how long it was going to last or how bad it was going to get. It did not affect you in Australia, and that’s fine for you. We watched as an unimaginable horror unfolded, people jumping out of buildings that they had arrived in moments before to begin their work day. They soon found themselves having to choose between burning to death or taking some small shred of control and jumping. People running and screaming through the streets to escape the pyroclastic cloud coming after them when the towers collapsed. Thousands walking across bridges covered in soot and shock etched on their faces. It was a nightmare. Many now are sick, dying or have already passed away from illnesses they contracted from working at Ground Zero for months on end. So yes, we are sensitive about it. Too bad if you can’t understand that.

        I live in a city that has been, is, and always will be a major terror target. We go about our business and our lives, but I can tell you it is an underlying worry that is always there. Living in Queens, I have a view of the skyline from many vantage points and see the Freedom Tower everyday, and to me it is a constant reminder of what was once there. I hope that your country never experiences anything like 9/11, but I’m sure if you did our sympathies and support would be with you.

        My husband works for the DSNY and was at Ground Zero the day after to start helping with the clean up efforts. He said something to me that I will never forget, “My eyes have seen a lot of things, but they have never seen anything like that.” He saw body parts, utter ruin and devastation. The entire city shut down, and came together in unity and a love of our country I have not witnessed before in my life. America may not be the center of the universe to you, but it is our homeland and we are proud of it. Is there any other nation on earth that people are clamoring to immigrate to? If there is please fill me in because I can’t think of one. We must have something to offer.

        @GeeMoney, Amen to everything you said!

      • Axl says:

        I, personally, didn’t see a connection to 9/11 when I first saw it and you can’t expect Australians to either. I understand why this is upsetting and Americans should be allowed to be upset but I don’t put 9/11 over the bombings in Gaza or the horrors in Libya, Honduras, Congo etc. and I don’t think Australians do either so it isn’t really fair to expect them to tie something like this to 9/11. It’s easier to get upset when it’s your own tragedies fall upon.

      • kimbers says:

        I still think about the people the news showed jumping from the building windows. It doesnt go away-they’ll pop into my mind from time to time.

        I dont expect Australians to be emotionally tied to it like American ppl since I could give two craps about Australia myself. I give them a pass for their insensitivity. It’s Australia they don’t make crazy awesome movies that hit world-wide, so of course they are waiting for this movie to cone out asap 😉 jk no one is waiting for this movie those turtles are cheesy sterod clones…

      • Just Me (and my Bobby McGee) says:

        So, here’s the thing. I wasn’t offended by the poster & I’m American and I remember that day clearly. I also felt and, live with, every single day the repercussions of that horrible day.

        That said – America may not be the center of the freakin Universe, but with all due respect – that day brought about implications and changes for the WHOLE ENTIRE world. If you’re Australian, then your fellow countrymen went to war and many lost their lives on AND because of that day. You may not care but I’m sure those who paid with their lives (and their families) care. Terrorism didn’t just affect the USA. It’s affected the world – specifically, Australia many times, as well.

        11 Australians killed in 9/11
        88 Australians killed in the 2002 Bali Bombing
        2004 Australian Embassy bombing in Jakarta

        Not to mention countless other plots that were caught before they came to fruition. Sydney 5?!

        All that said, these turtles look like the crotchfruit of Jaba the Hut and the pile my dogs left on the grass this morning on their walk. Gross.

      • WayPastMyBedtime says:

        Wo-wo-wow! I never said that I didn’t think it was horrible! Of course it was!

        You’re totally missing the point of what I’m trying to say. Let me explain;
        How many of you Americans or other non-europeans think of the victims of the London public transport attack when you see 7 July (2005) on the calendar?
        How many of you think of all those who have died during the train bombings in Madrid on 11 March (2004)?

        I can answer that for you; close to zero. Is there something wrong with that? No. We all have a selective memory so you can’t expect Europeans, Asians, Australians etc to immediately associate the eleventh of september with that terrorist attack. No matter how gruesome or what horrible consequenses it had… Sure, we might forget the details like dates, but we all remember those images of the twin towers falling to the ground in NY, exploded trainwrecks in Madrid, people being dragged outside of the tubestations in Londen.

        @Geemoney No, I don’t think Hollywood makes the US the centre of the universe. And I think it’s really weird of you to say that. I can’t take you seriously when you write a comment and than add ‘#teamamerica’. I don’t believe anybody can for that matter.

    • KaitX says:

      While I agree that the poster was insensitive, I’ve frequently witnessed the US be highly insensitive to other countries. I’m Irish and was shocked to realise you have drinks called “Irish car bomb” and “black and tan” in the US. You might as well have a drink called the 9/11 if you have drinks like that!

      • Just Me (and my Bobby McGee) says:

        In addition, I’d like to mention that I live in Asia, in a culture completely different from my own American born culture. This is my SECOND time living overseas. Last time was in Europe post 9/11. I am very much aware that America is not the center of the universe as the entirety of my adult life has been about traveling to other countries and living overseas. I love and respect the culture and traditions of my host nation so much. I would never, EVER dream to go onto a website here in my host country and say “______ is not the center of the freakin Universe.” I’d like to point out that while the USA may not be the center of the Universe, – you’re certainly coming to an American website to follow gossip on *mostly* American celebrities from American cinema. So, it must have some relevance and importance in your own life….

      • Just Me (and my Bobby McGee) says:

        That comment wasn’t meant for you Kait. Sorry. Posted in a hurry in the wrong place.

      • Lauraq says:

        I’m an American (my great grandmother came over from Ireland), and I’M horrified that we have drinks called Irish Car Bombs. I get ‘bomb’ as a drink wherein something is dropped into something else (I’m a bartender), but it didn’t need to be called that.
        Although, I’ve never heard the origin of the name black and tan or why it would be bad. Can you enlighten me?

  2. Aussie girl says:

    Wow. That is beyond insenitive

  3. LadyMTL says:

    It is *incredibly* thoughtless, that’s for sure. The only thing I can think of is that someone had a massive memory lapse? IDK, I’m trying to rationalize why on earth anyone would send out that kind of tweet.

    Slight aside, the Turtles are creepy as f*ck. No way do I want to see this, and I loved TMNT when I was a wee lass.

    • WayPastMyBedtime says:

      I assume the person who did this was a marketing intern, around my age. I was 6 when 9/11 happened. I don’t live in the US and I don’t have any memories of seeing it on tv at the time. Sure, we talked about it later in secondary school but it is simply something my generation generally does not associate with the eleventh of september.

      So… I don’t think it has to due with ‘memory loss’, but more a sense of ignorance.

      • Mmhmm says:

        The images are created way before the date of a movie release is chosen. It’s not like they knew it was coming out on 9/11 when creating the promotional material. Plus, I really don’t see the big deal.

      • megs283 says:

        ITA. I’m American and Sept. 11 was a horrible day. But that said, I don’t remember the exact date of the tragic tube bombings in London, or a myriad of other terrorist attacks in foreign countries. My heart goes out to victims, but the date isn’t imprinted in my brain like Sept. 11.

        The thing is, the studio should be VERY aware of how things will be perceived. They pay people to look out for sensitivities, and this fiasco should have been avoided, since it looks bad. But i suspect you are entirely correct about a marketing intern young’n – I hope he or she doesn’t become a scapegoat for a studio’s decision!

      • WayPastMyBedtime says:

        @mmmm (how many mm’s :p? ) Yeah, I agree with you on that the images get chosen before the release date. That’s true. But somewhere down the line maybe somebody could’ve thought ‘hey we’re releasing the movie on 9/11 and we have this poster of a burning building with people/turtles jumping down’ but that didn’t happen…

        But to be honest, I personally don’t see the big deal either. It’s just an unlucky coincidence.

      • Mmhmm says:

        Agreed. Even though I think people are overreacting, somebody somewhere should’ve pointer out how it wasn’t the smartest decision ever. I’m sure they have plenty of other images 🙂

  4. MrsBPitt says:

    Both my sons, (both in their 20’s) grew up loving and watching TMNT. I can remember TMNT toys all over my house. They are both ticked off about this movie (its rather funny). They cannot believe that they changed the whole, back story of the Turtles, the look of the Turtles and say this movie looks horrible!!! Of course, with Michael Bey attached we all knew it would be a mess!

    • Chris says:

      Come on. Michael Bay is as American as apple pie.

    • Msmercury says:

      I’m not happy either. I remember watching the films as a kid. I know they need to change things and update them for the new generation but they just went to far. And changed things that didn’t need changing like Shredder and guys in turtles suits would have been better looking . (sort of joking)

      • Lindy79 says:

        I’ve read practically nothing on this, what have they changed?

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I loved TMNT as a kid (Donatello FTW!) but this movie looks ATROCIOUS on every level. I also cannot STAND Michael Bay, so there’s that.

  5. NewWester says:

    Those turtles are terrifying! That is certainly not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I remember from years ago. I hate when Hollywood does changes like that

  6. hutter says:

    Speaking of offensive things: Crikey, Megan’s face!

    • MrsBPitt says:

      IKR…I wonder how she got the part in TMNT after talking trash about Michael Bay…Oh, nevermind…I probably don’t WANT to know…

  7. Lindy79 says:

    Awful poster aside all I have is

    Why do they think turtles have lips??

  8. Kali says:

    Does “uncanny valley” apply to anthropomorphic creatures? Because the more I look into the abyss that is those terrifying turtle visages, the more I feel that something evil is starting to look back…. :S

    • Illyra says:

      Yes, I think—in this case at least—it does.

      • Kali says:

        I saw the trailer before the cinematic marvel that was “Hercules” (please don’t judge me too harshly, my affection for The Rock is long lasting…). All I can say is that the turtles are so much worse in motion. SO. MUCH. WORSE.

    • megs283 says:

      Yes! My husband told me about the uncanny valley a few weeks ago. Have you seen those “wireless” direct TV ads with the creepy marionette wife? It disturbs me!! Same with the TMNT.

      • Kali says:

        Uncanny valley is one of those things that when it is known, it can never be unknown. You recognize it immediately whenever you see it.

        I’m in NZ so I’ve never seen the Direct TV ads. We’re quite lucky in that we don’t get a lot of creepy animation ones here. Our big budget ads tend to be cars or tourism.

      • Kali says:

        Burn it, burn it, burn it with fire! My god, I want to know what went through the head of the advertising “suit” that thought “you know what will make people want to buy this thing? Creepy puppet lady!”.

        Yeahhhhh, I’m gonna have to go wash the taste of that out of my mouth with Tom Hiddleston crying over Shakespeare in a Jaguar commercial.

      • lucy2 says:

        Oh I hate those commercials, they are so creepy. These turtles look super creepy too. My brother was prime age for all this growing up so I remember a lot of it, but this just looks awful.

    • QQ says:

      Oh God Yes It Does!! those things look both Undead and repulsive …and Im not even talking about Megan Fox’s eyes when she tries to roll them back and faint

      I Also CANNOT watch those dancing/walking robot prototypes without gagging ..just the worst

      • Kali says:

        I alternate between trying to figure out whether I genuinely want one of those dancing robots or if I just want it so I can wipe it off the face of the earth. It doesn’t help matters that I’m in the middle of reading “Robopocalypse”. It’s not going well for the humans.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Never heard of “uncanny valley” till now and you are spot-on.

      I love this site so much…always learn something new.

      • Kali says:

        Glad to help! I’m full of useless/random information. Makes me fantastic in pub quizzes 😉

  9. Froop says:

    Everything about this is horrible. And the more you look at those turtles, the worse they are. The lips! Why???

    • Faye says:

      Now that you’ve pointed it out, the lips are the worst. It looks like they’re going to suck the skin off your face.

    • Msmercury says:

      The lips are truly awful. And in the trailer the turtles come off like dude bros. (not good)

  10. Faye says:

    I’m not one for over political correctness, and maybe it’s not an issue in Australia, but – a poster with an *exploding building* in it for a September 11 movie? Come on. That should not have gone out on social media.

    I remember seeing the original “Ninja Turtles” as a child. They were so cute and harmless looking! These things look feral.

  11. Adrien says:

    They are not Mutants, they are aliens according to Michael Bay.

  12. aenflex says:

    Buildings have been exploding in movies long before 9/11.

  13. Msmercury says:

    I think they did it for attention tbh. But the tweet aside I’m really upset about this film. First the turtles are ugly. Second April doesn’t have red hair. And third what is making me most angry is that I found out that Shredder is being played by a white guy. Anyone who has watched these films or read the back story knows why this sucks. It’s like they took what was cool about the first films and made it suck (and I haven’t even seen it yet).

  14. GIRLFACE says:

    This looks terrible. There are no clever overtures to the 80s and 90s to add charm. Their faces are downright ugly, not cute, and the lips are totally weird. April is supposed to be nerdy and not look like Megan Fox and I was hoping for at least some 80s camera angle, some synth or the shot of the NYC sewer but nope. The turtles sound like freshman frat boys. So pissed at Michael Bay for ruining it! It could have been such a clever funny remake. And above all, it is super offensive for them to release it on 9/11! Grr.

    • Chris says:

      Michael Bay only produced it. He didn’t direct it. What is it about Michael Bay that makes people see red? I couldn’t take him seriously enough to get worked up about him.

      • GIRLFACE says:

        I just assumed he made it bad because he’s sort of a parody of himself now and I’m not sure what irks me about Michael Bay… maybe the unabashed misogyny? I think people largely see him as the guy who throws in a thirty second explosion and a girl in a bikini then calls it a day.

  15. Jenny12 says:

    I can’t speak for everyone, but as a NYer who watched in disbelief and horror that day, this is pretty damned insensitive. I was teaching that day and you could see the huge clouds of smoke from my classroom windows and I kept trying to distract the kids from looking. The memories of that day are still vivid nearly 13 years later. The shots were all over the TV, Post, and News of people jumping to their deaths.

  16. GeeMoney says:

    Whoever designed those CGI turtles did a horrible job. They are downright creepy looking. I don’t want to go see a movie, especially one that is kid themed, where I’m freaked out by the actors/cartoons/whatever when I’m watching it.

  17. als says:

    Yeah, social media did blow this up but it wouldn’t hurt if people made efforts to be a little smarter and more sensitive.

  18. Mandy says:

    Whoever decided to tweet this was an IDIOT. Plain and simple. It’s sad how quickly people forget about that awful day. EPIC FAIL, Paramount. And I agree, those turtles are terrifying.

  19. Marianne says:

    I think you also have to keep in mind, that this was people in Australia who tweeted this, and they probably didn’t immediately see a connection to 9/11.

    Personally, I dont think the poster is all that offensive…..if it hadn’t been attached to that date.

    • Migdalia says:

      Exactly. I read this was someone from the Australian publicity dept and they didn’t make the connection until all the tweets started pouring in. Also, remember when those 12 Years a Slave marketing posters came out in Italy with Brad Pitt’s face in the center of everything? That was just Italy specific and yet that became big news. No one is safe from social media O_o

  20. Ag says:

    those turtles are horrifying. i grew up watching the TMNT afternoon cartoon, and these look nothing like those creatures.

  21. kri says:

    Wow, those turtle things look like they came out of the coke cove that is Lindsays nose after a night of” working”. Megan Fox -another WTF did you do to your face, you fool?

  22. lucy2 says:

    I’m thinking this was an honest mistake – “artwork” (and I use that term loosely because yuck) was probably done ages ago, and then the release date was chosen and put in, and no one caught it. I don’t think anyone did it intentionally, but it happened, so they have to deal with it.

  23. Mike says:

    This movie looks all kinds of terrible. The turtles look like something from a nightmare. It seems like one blunder after another was made with this (Starting with having Michael Bay as part of the movie.) This will bomb and pretty much seal the lid on Megan Fox’s career.

  24. Dany says:

    maybe the ninja turtles will look more likable on screen? The turtle in the still looks a little bit monstrous, but i´m sure they will come across as kind and cool in the movie. All a cool monster or in this case a ninja turtle needs is an own character with realistic facial expressions, habits and a good voice.

  25. RobN says:

    I think what bothers me about this is that I’ve got an feeling that the connection was made on purpose. I know Paramount would like people to believe that this was just some lowly intern somewhere who decided to make an unfortunate reference but that is not the way huge corporations like Paramount work. A bunch of people in responsible positions thought that this was a good idea.

    I don’t expect the Australians to be an concerned with 9-11 as Americans are, but the people who made these decisions, and I personally think the poster with September 11 prominently displayed under the exploding building is bad enough, even without the tweet, are most likely Americans.

    • GIRLFACE says:

      Oh I absolutely think it was on purpose. NYC is a huge part of the story line and always has been.

  26. paranormalgirl says:

    I don’t think it was insensitive. Just a really boneheaded mistake that was rectified quickly.

    I remember 9/11 so vividly. I lost a few friends that day. I will never forgot what it was like to be in Manhattan and not being able to get out of the city and to Long Island, which is where I wanted to be. I have patients who suffer from PTSD due to 9/11.

  27. BlackBetty says:

    I think Australians should be concerned about 9/11. Since recently Australia had it’s first home grown terriost, who grew up in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. And is bragging about his efforts on social media.

  28. Camille (The Original) says:

    I hope this movie flops hard (it probably won’t though..).

  29. Shoe_Lover says:

    I know 9/11 was more tragic and scary for Americans or anyone living in America but it wasn’t just an American tragedy. It was a world tragedy. It changed the way every one in the western world lived. It made us all feel unsafe.
    i’m saying this because some of the comments are making out like people outside of America don’t care about what happened. We do. I’m Australian and we care.
    I was 15 in 2001 and my mother yanked me out of bed at about 5am our time because she had heard what had happened on the radio and turned the TV on. All commercial TV stations here aired nothing but coverage for days

    That said a connection probably wasn’t made because they didn’t notice the building and the explosion because who can see anything else when those creepy as eff looking turtles are on a poster

  30. Kate says:

    I grew up in a war zone. Every movie that’s released there clashes with a date where thousands of people died horribly, because there’s no date in recent history that wasn’t filled with bloodshed and horror. We’ve had movies that are basically just extended ads for the American defence force being released on dates when America bombed us. It is what it is. People notice, but short of banning all war and action and spy movies, it’s inevitable. So with that context I can’t say I see the big deal here.

  31. raindrop says:

    I’ll be watching this for Gob Bluth, and Gob Bluth alone.

    But seriously, Kate (above) has a point; pretty much every date on the calendar corresponds to one tragic event or another.

  32. Jennifer hobbs says:

    After years of reading this website, I can’t deal with the hyper political-correctness of the people that manage and frequent this site. AND this is from a born and raised Californian that identifies as liberal. Get a life! The USA is not the center of the universe and far more people died in earlier wars than 9 11.

  33. Donny says:

    So do not go see the movie & blame the group who planed that maskarade to blame other a have a justifyed invasion

  34. Smurphy says:

    When I saw this I did not associate the exploding building and the date with what happened in New York. I’m Australian and I doubt very many others here would make that association either. It’s not insensitive if it doesn’t mean anything to us. However, the fact that it went on Twitter which is a global network, well that’s just beyond insensitive, it’s completely stupid. I get why some would be upset but please consider that not all people share the same truth or experience.