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    The Disgusting Billboard For "The Strain" Is Grossing Out Los Angeles

    This photo is NOT it — we're sparing you! UPDATE: The billboards are being replaced in "several locations."

    This is not the image on the billboards for FX's new vampire horror show, The Strain, co-created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.

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    Nor is this! But it could be!

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    Here it is, three blocks from the BuzzFeed L.A. office.

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    Yes, this is the big version of what's on all the billboards.

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    Let it be known I'm all for this show — I liked the pilot, and plan to watch more. It's a horror show, and people who want to watch can see it in its 10 p.m. time slot when it premieres on Sunday, July 13.

    But as a parent of small children — not to mention an adult human being who hates worms coming out of eyes — I'm surprised to see this image on public streets. I live in fear of my 4-year-old noticing it (he would cry, literally) and have taken to driving out of my way to avoid places where I know the billboard is.

    And I am not alone!

    Billboard for "The Strain" or whatever that godforsaken thing is w/ the thing in the eyeball on my street; can I call the Mayor to complain?

    Molly Ephraim@MollyEphraim

    Billboard for "The Strain" or whatever that godforsaken thing is w/ the thing in the eyeball on my street; can I call the Mayor to complain?

    6:25 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I guess NO WORMS CRAWLING OUT OF EYEBALLS ON BILLBOARDS PLEASE was a thing that needed to be said explicitly?

    Dave Holmes@DaveHolmes

    I guess NO WORMS CRAWLING OUT OF EYEBALLS ON BILLBOARDS PLEASE was a thing that needed to be said explicitly?

    1:15 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    I normally defend FX's edgier style since people can choose not to watch it. I will not defend the Strain billboard I saw posted online...

    PetBunnyFan@PetBunnyFan

    I normally defend FX's edgier style since people can choose not to watch it. I will not defend the Strain billboard I saw posted online...

    1:46 PM - 20 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Kramer sees a billboard for the Strain on FX while driving and accidentally kills Sue Ellen Mischke. #Seinfeld

    Theodore Bressman@Waffles1776

    Kramer sees a billboard for the Strain on FX while driving and accidentally kills Sue Ellen Mischke. #Seinfeld

    9:36 PM - 23 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The Strain has a billboard with a worm coming out of an eye. I'll never watch The Strain. This has been some #Negative #Social #Media #Buzz

    Joseph Scrimshaw@JosephScrimshaw

    The Strain has a billboard with a worm coming out of an eye. I'll never watch The Strain. This has been some #Negative #Social #Media #Buzz

    5:50 PM - 22 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Seriously, The Strain? I have to look at your disgusting eyeball billboard when I drive? Are you trying to make me crash and die?

    Kirsten Smith@KiwiLovesYou

    Seriously, The Strain? I have to look at your disgusting eyeball billboard when I drive? Are you trying to make me crash and die?

    12:23 PM - 22 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Hey billboard for "The Strain" - I'm trying to eat a sandwich over here.

    Andrew Kishino@big_kish

    Hey billboard for "The Strain" - I'm trying to eat a sandwich over here.

    12:10 PM - 22 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Just saw a billboard for THE STRAIN that will haunt me for eternity. #eyeworm

    Emily Happe@emilyhappe

    Just saw a billboard for THE STRAIN that will haunt me for eternity. #eyeworm

    12:03 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @hollyrandall @AaliyahLove69 I agree. I don't want to watch The Strain after seeing that billboard! #TakeItOff #NobodyWantsToSeeThat

    Robert@THERobertL

    @hollyrandall @AaliyahLove69 I agree. I don't want to watch The Strain after seeing that billboard! #TakeItOff #NobodyWantsToSeeThat

    1:33 PM - 20 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Listen, "The Strain" billboard, with your worm-coming-out-the-eyeball... Stop ruining EVERY MORNING.

    Sian Heder@sianheder

    Listen, "The Strain" billboard, with your worm-coming-out-the-eyeball... Stop ruining EVERY MORNING.

    10:47 AM - 26 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    A representative for FX informed BuzzFeed that the network is "in the process of replacing the key art for The Strain on outdoor media in several locations." When asked for details — how many locations? in New York also? — the representative did not respond immediately.

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