Advertising for the movie that had scenes filmed in West Cobb last fall has been pulled in Florida in the wake of the Trayvon Martin Case.
The movie, Neighborhood Watch, features Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill as they form a neighborhood watch group and discover a plot by aliens to destroy the planet. Trayvon, 17, was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, 28-year-old George Zimmerman.
CBS News reported that two pieces of advertising were removed from Florida theaters and will be phased out nationally: a poster and a short trailer.
The poster contains what appears to be a prowler on a sign with bullet holes in it, and the trailer shows Hill mimicking a gun with his hands from the backseat of a slow-moving car.
"We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien-invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida," a Fox spokesperson told Hollywood Reporter. "The movie, which is not scheduled for release for several months, was made and these initial marketing materials were released before this incident ever came to light.”
Neighborhood Watch is still set to be released July 27, the website says.
We want to know what you think about Fox’s decision to pull the advertising.
On one hand, it could be seen as a proactive showing of respect for the parties involved and the sensitive nature of the case. But on the other, some might say it draws attention to connections that before might not have been made, and people could now associate the comedy with the real-life case.
That brings up another discussion topic, as debated on ABC 15 in Arizona: Should the release of Neighborhood Watch be postponed?
Let us know your opinion in the comments below.