Early Ads Pulled For Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn Film In Light Of Trayvon Martin Shooting Controversy
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Twentieth Century Fox has pulled early promotional materials for its comedy “Neighborhood Watch” in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
The studio said Tuesday that early “teaser” trailer and in-theater posters have been removed from Florida theaters and will soon be phased out nationally. The film stars Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as suburban dads who become neighborhood watch volunteers and eventually battle aliens.
Fox stressed in a statement that the film “bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida,” and said the company is “very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case.” The film is set for release in July.
Last month, the unarmed, 17-year-old Martin was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, causing a national firestorm and demands for Zimmerman’s arrest.
On Wednesday, the Sanford, Fla., Police Department was once again on the defensive after new details of the teen’s murder were leaked.
Zimmerman reportedly told officers he shot Martin in self defense after the teen approached him from behind, punched him and bashed his head into the sidewalk.
Sanford police said the report was ‘consistent’ with their evidence.
Meanwhile, here in New York, Al Sharpton announced at his city headquarters that organizers would hold a series of nonviolent protests calling for the arrest of Zimmerman.
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