Oops: Ninja Turtles Make 9/11 Gaffe on Movie Poster
Paramount Australia tweets poster, promptly deletes it
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2014 10:11 AM CDT
   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Newser) – Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo have a bit of explaining to do. That’s because the Australian film poster for the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features the famous turtles falling from a burning building that has apparently just been rocked by an explosion ... and the opening date, prominently displayed below? That’s right—September 11, Sky News reports. Though the film premieres here in the US in August and in UK in October, its Australia premiere date falls on the 13th anniversary of the terror attacks, the Daily Mail reports. Paramount Australia tweeted the poster last night (the tweet has since been deleted) and was immediately barraged with social media anger. "September 11th? Exploding buildings? People falling out of them? Le sigh," reads one critique.

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Charles Bronsons Mom
Jul 30, 2014 9:52 AM CDT
I find it very difficult to believe this was not a carefully planned marketing stunt. Would you expect to have seen an article about the freaking Ninja Turtles movie posted here otherwise? I'm not saying it's smart, but most Hollywood types feel any press is good press. By the time it comes out, this will have been long forgotten.
Jul 30, 2014 2:18 AM CDT
who cares
Jul 30, 2014 12:50 AM CDT
Heres the thing - Australia is actually a day ahead of america. So September 11 in Australia is actually September 10 in America. So Australia and the advertisers are not doing anything insulting. Articles that fail to get their facts right really really annoy me.