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Ads For Tom Hanks' New 9/11 Movie Causes Controversy In New York

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We're going with the majority on this one; it is rather insensitive.

With Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close out in theaters now, ads for the film are plastered everywhere across the country, but mainly in major cities like Chicago, Los Angeles … and of course, New York City.

While the studio has every right to promote their movie in the city where the horrific real life tragedy took place, it is more the placement of their ads that have people concerned. Namely, several video ads — with footage of the burning towers — have been playing at subway stops surrounding Ground Zero in Manhattan. Many New Yorkers have complained (see above), considering the ads very distasteful.

Upon hearing the complaints, WB released this statement, saying:

“It was never our intention to cause any distress. As a result, we will make best efforts to pull the material from pertinent locations.”

Really. New York is a pretty big place. No sense making people sad and uncomfortable like that just for the sake of money. You can saturate them with your ads someplace else, someplace that doesn't hit so close to home.

Do U agree?

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40 comments to “Ads For Tom Hanks' New 9/11 Movie Causes Controversy In New York”

  1. 1

    How long before you report on Heidi Klum and Seals divorce? Worst gossip site on the net, no wonder readers have deserted and gone elsewhere.

  2. 2

    From outwards appearance New Yorkers appear to have moved on from 9/11, but truth is they haven't. Scars were left, many know someone who either died, survived or are dying from having worked in the pit. They're always bracing for the worse. Hollywood just doesn't get the New York mindset and the fact that they are not loud mouth fools.

  3. 3

    yea…that happened a decade ago, people need to sadly get over it. In return we have killed quadruple the civilians in friendly fire accidents than what we originally lost in the attacks to begin with. Lets also mention the 10 billion a month and the whole decade to supposedly catch 1 guy.

  4. 4

    Let me guess, in order to watch a commercial for a movie I have to sit thru a commercial for what ever ghetto shiz ur being paid to pimp out this week? Nahh I'll pass.

  5. 5

    It happened.It was tragic. Every body knows it. I think it's about time people stopped being so sensitive about it. the movie is coming out and is being promoted. ignoring the fact that it happened, or that the movie exists, is like putting your hands over your eyes and believing that something disappears because you can't see it. i think it's been long enough now that we can be mature adults about it all.

  6. 6

    Re: NUFFSAID – but this is in new york city. several people there have friends and family who were killed on 9/11. how would you like to see footage from an attack where your loved one died when you're just trying to take a ride on the subway. people have every right to not want to be reminded of that when they're just trying to go about their day

  7. 7

    People are so overly sensitive. From What I saw in previews, seems like they are showing the heartache it caused to all thevictims and families affected by it.

  8. 8

    On another note, controversy isnt made about other war films. Guess we just need to wait a little longer for people to portray and profit from a tradegy. I want gay rights like the next person, but it is very controversial topic still Perez, shutup about it on your site for four decades and than discuss it.

  9. 9

    This video footage of the towers coming down should be shown every day on every tv station in the USA, so the liberals can never make us forget what the radical Islamists did to us. Political correctness is hurting our country, and some won't believe what is happening until the Islamists are marching down the streets of America beheading people house to house.

  10. 10

    I object to violent ads all over the place where kids can see them anyway. I know I'm prudish and I know this tide will not turn anytime soon if ever, but why do we have to expose them to crap like this? Show these images in places where five-year-olds aren't walking around.

  11. 11

    Re: dork1230 – This is a very good point. I'd be curious to know if the writers of this film were truly impacted by this tragedy or if they were just capitalizing. The answer to that question would influence my opinion dramatically.

  12. Roe says – reply to this


    I am from NY and everytime I see them play it on the tv I cringe. I love Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock but unfortunately, this is one movie I think I will not see, maybe when it comes to cable but not in the movies.

  13. 13

    Re: NUFFSAID – i totally agree with you… i don't see nobody bitching and complaining when cspan and shit replays the video from that day on TV on the 9/11 anniversary every year

  14. 14

    The only way that would be appropriate is if it were THE TRUE STORY. Not a made for entertainment movie with a bunch of fiction in it. Tom Hanks should know better.

  15. 15

    Re: Muskratlove – TRUE!

  16. 16

    When I encountered WWII era people, I was always stunned, how they still refused to buy a Japanese car or even a German car.
    Omaha Beach, Bataan Death March, Pearl Harbor — events to be seen on old scratchy black& white film.
    Ancient stuff. "Get over it", I'd say. It's a new world.
    Now, we have our own act of war with 9/11.
    It's very different when it's our horriffic catastrophe.
    I also cringe when I see Twin Towers.
    It can be a single screen shot of the buildings from an old comedy movie.
    Instantly, it's that day again. The 2nd plane hits.
    My fellow Americans have to make the decision to jump so they don't burn.
    All those firefighters and police officers. Tears fill my eyes immediately.
    I try not to think about 9/11. I avoid it, if at all possible.
    I can't cope with it.
    I don't pretend it didn't happen either.
    I just don't want to relive it, in a movie, but that's just me…but, the images still should be out there, and available, so we never forget.
    I will hate Muslims till I die.
    It's in their religion to hate me and kill me, till we become Muslims too.
    Mainstreaming Muslims on a tv show, the 'religion of peace', is a slap in the face and suicidal as a nation.
    We are all New Yorkers and grieve with them still, in our quiet way, 'cuz we're all Americans.

    I'll never "be over it". — thoughts from Ft. Worth

  17. 17

    Re: NookiesWA – you are CLEARLY not from NYC, and if you are, PLEASE GTFO . Its left scars here that you CANNOT imagine, so shut the fuck up. I wouldn't wish the memories I have of that day on ANYONE and there's no need for me to have to look at movie footage about it when I"m just trying to take the subway to work. I don't care if it's been 10 years, 20 years, or what have you — many of us will never be OK with seeing that footage again. And next time something tragic happens to you and your family, I'll be sure to tell you to 'GET OVER IT".

  18. 18

    The DIRTY GREEDY JEWS caused 9/11 & the DIRTY GREEDY JEWS are profiteering off 9/11.

  19. 19

    Mel Gibson was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT about the DIRTY JEWS!

  20. 20

    People who are telling people they are being sensitive and need to get over it can just STFU. My dad was a firefighter & him and 4 other people (2 of which I called my uncles) died during the 9/11 attacks. Aside from them, I knew other people who died or were seriously injured. Don't tell me I need to get over it. I never will. I find these trailers inconsiderate. This was a scarring time in NYC and people remember it like it was yesterday. It was horrible, scary & nobody wants to relive it. People in NYC usually don't even watch those TV specials they have every year. You walk up to ground zero now & you will always see someone with flowers or someone crying. So don't tell me I need to get over it.

  21. 21

    Once again you are a day late with the gossip. This event is already 10 years old. I think some people are a bit to sensitive.

  22. 22

    Re: NUFFSAID – who the hell do you think you are? My dad and 4 other members of his Firefighter team died that day. Don't you dare tell me I'm being sensitive & that it's time to get over it. You clearly were not in NYC on that day. The smell of burning human flesh & smoke covered the entire city. I still remember it like it was yesterday & you are telling me to get over it? fuck you.

  23. 23

    I had already decided not to see the movie solely because of the the World Trade Center scene. I didn't want to relive it. I thought I was the only one feeling this way. Guess not.

  24. 24

    Re: NookiesWA – If you lost friends and family, like I did, and stood on top of a building in NYC and watched the towers crumble, you might say something different.

  25. 25

    Re: Muskratlove – Muskrat - I don't normally respond to idiots, but I'll make an exception this time. On 9/11 I lived in NYC, worked in NYC and watched the towers fall with my own two eyes…and watched the towers fall on several of my friends. I'm a liberal, and always will be. Don't make 9/11 about politics.

  26. 26

    Re: drama1212
    I'm so sorry about your Dad and your family.
    Don't know how you cope, 'cuz I can barely stay sane.
    So much tragedy to 'manage'.
    I don't know anyone personally that died that day.
    My brother is a police officer in Los Angeles and has been shot, but lived.
    I think many believe if you don't want to see it, you're pretending it never happened.
    Not so.
    It will always be "too soon".
    Blessings and prayers to you and your family.
    God bless America.

  27. 27

    Re: drama1212 – Drama - don't get worked up over losers on this site. I was there that day too, and I'll never forget what I saw, smelled and experienced. God Bless you and your family.

  28. REPUB says – reply to this


    YOu whiny as liberal turds it was 10 damn years ago and it is a movi around the incident there is NOTHING wrong with this scene from the movie at all

  29. 29

    OMG can American's please just move on from 9/11. Yes it was a tragedy, yes many lives were taken. But that is what happens at times of war.

  30. 30

    Re: tiredofusernames
    Knowing Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullocks political stance and the way they have spoken about political issues, I really doubt they would take money (they don't need) for profit. THOSE actors are above that.

  31. 31

    And if the terrorists were shown in bad taste, it would be okay, but cause it showed victims, that is a problem. Though have not seen movie only assuming so I may look stupid, fine.but look at Thin Red Line, We Were Soilders, Black Hawk Down. Guess that didn't affect you DIRECTLY so you find that moving as to opposed this is hurtful formyou. Poor hypocrite :(

  32. 32

    A small Cessna approaches restricted airspace and the US Air Forced jets are immediately scrambled by NORAD to intercept, but four commercial airliners are KNOWN TO BE WAY-OFF COURSE and headed to restricted airspace over population centers….AND NOTHING….


  33. 33

    Poor little whinning americans still crying about it 10 years after while OTHER places in the world see far worse tragedies EVERY FUCKING DAY

  34. 34

    No doubts!

  35. 35

    Re: drama1212 – Sorry for your loss…and to all those who lost someone that day. I'm from the UK and I have trouble with the images let alone if I was there…Such a terrible tragic moment in history…

  36. 36

    Re: drama1212 – Dramatic bitch.

  37. 37

    Re: Roccomagoo – From the liberal playbook, rather than debating the issue, which is that the radical Islamists hate America and everything it stands for and will see us all dead, you choose to resort to name-calling.

  38. 38

    Re: luvs2hustle – Amen and amen.

  39. 39

    As a New Yorker, I was pretty appalled that the west coast PR people were so unthinking as to show those ads in our metro area. I hope they at least spared DC from their lack of sensitivity and sheer marketing stupidity.

  40. 40

    It IS sad, devastating in fact, but do we sweep it under the rug like it never happened? Pretend it might not happen again? This is life everyone. We should not ignore.