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Fox pulls movie ads due to Trayvon Martin case

posted 29 Mar 2012, 13:57 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 29 Mar 2012, 13:57 ]

Film studio Twentieth Century Fox pulls a movie trailer for the film "Neighborhood Watch" over concerns about insensitivity following the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX - Twentieth Century Fox movie studio has said it is removing a promotional trailer for its summer comedy "Neighborhood Watch" from theaters following the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

"We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case," Fox said in a statement, "but our film is a broad alien-invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida."

One scene in the trailer apparently raised particular concerns: it shows Jonah Hill making a gun gesture with his fingers, then pretending to shoot while driving through a suburban neighborhood, where children are playing.

The film is scheduled for release on July 27. Fox said the trailer was made well before the killing of 17-year-old Martin on February 26 by a neighborhood volunteer in Sanford, Florida.