Film studio Twentieth Century Fox has pulled trailers for Ben Stiller‘s latest movie, “Neighborhood Watch,” in response to the tragic killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman.
“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. 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,” says Fox in a statement, noting that out of respect to a grieving (and outraged) nation, they’ve pulled the ads.
“The teaser materials were part of an early phase of our marketing and were never planned for long term use,” the statement continues. “The trailers and posters have been pulled from Florida theatres and will soon be phased out nationally.”
The studio adds, “Above all else, our thoughts go out to the families touched by this terrible event.”