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    Posted on Jul 29, 2014

    Paramount Deletes Controversial 9/11 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Poster

    Intentional or unintentional, the Australian poster juxtaposes an exploding building and a Sept. 11 release date. UPDATE: Paramount Pictures Australia has issued an apology to BuzzFeed.

    On Tuesday, Paramount Pictures Australia tweeted out a poster for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

    Paramount Pictures AU

    The poster shows the Turtles jumping from an exploding building, and the Australian release date is listed as Sept. 11, 2014. Particularly since the franchise is set in New York City, many found it offensive.

    Paramount Pictures AU

    The movie will be released in the U.S. Aug. 8, 2014.

    Many people quickly commented on the poster.

    Wow Paramount... you sure messed up with the TMNT poster

    Rosie McCarthy@Rrrrrrxox

    Wow Paramount... you sure messed up with the TMNT poster

    1:11 PM - 29 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    WHO thought that poster would be a good idea considering date?? Or did they just think no one would notice or indeed care? #TMNT

    natalieholt1982@natalieholt1982

    WHO thought that poster would be a good idea considering date?? Or did they just think no one would notice or indeed care? #TMNT

    1:08 PM - 29 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    What a thoughtful poster for 9/11. RT @ParamountAU Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11!

    Martin Wefail@wefail

    What a thoughtful poster for 9/11. RT @ParamountAU Check out the official poster for #TMNT in cinemas September 11!

    5:15 AM - 29 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    What was Paramount thinking with this #TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles poster??? https://t.co/iEjFVS0zcz

    Nerd Truth@NerdTruth

    What was Paramount thinking with this #TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles poster???

    https://t.co/iEjFVS0zcz

    12:55 PM - 29 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Paramount Pictures AU has since deleted the tweet and has not mentioned the poster.

    Paramount Pictures AU

    The poster has also been deleted from Paramount Pictures AU's Facebook page.

    Paramount Pictures AU

    Request for comment to Michael Bay went unanswered.

    Update: Paramount Pictures Australia issued the below statement to BuzzFeed:

    “We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia. Combining that image and date was a mistake. We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use."

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