Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 9/11 Poster Prompts Backlash

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters stateside this weekend. Down Under, however, the film has a slightly more resonant release date: September 11, 2014.

That may not seem like a big deal - many films have been released on 9/11 in the 13 years since the tragedy that claimed thousands of lives contributed to the start of two devastating wars.

In the case of Ninja Turtles, however, the unfortunate choice of poster art revealed on Twitter today has prompted many to demand that the studio responsible re-think its promotions strategy:

Ninja Turtles 9/11 Poster

"So who's getting fired for this poster art?" wrote one Twitter user in a statement that seemed to echo the sentiments of thousands.

"Prepare to gasp at the most poorly judged poster and date combo imaginable," tweeted another.

The date may not hold quite the stigma for Aussies that it does for Americans, but the controversial poster and release date combo was approved by an Australian division of Paramount - a U.S.-owned and operated studio.

It's pretty hard to move past an error of that magnitude, but on the plus side - the movie still features Megan Fox jumping on a trampoline. So there's that. 

Check out some movie posters that are less likely to leave you in stunned silence in the gallery below:

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