’Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 9/11 poster sparks outrage

Travis Reilly, TheWrap.com

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Paramount Australia is facing harsh criticism Tuesday after sharing a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” poster that invoked memories of 9/11.

“Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11,” read the Twitter and Facebook message, which included an image of the cartoon turtles jumping from an exploding skyscraper.

True to form, social media quickly responded with outrage, pointing out similarities between the image and message combination alongside the real life horrors that occurred on September 11, 2001.

The offending tweet and Facebook messages were soon deleted without comment.

Paramount Australia’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have yet to offer up an explanation for the initial message or it’s subsequent removal. Paramount Pictures has not yet returned TheWrap’s request for comment.

The Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” starring Megan Fox and Johnny Knoxville, hits U.S. and Canadian theatres Aug. 8.


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