Will Studio Pull Neighborhood Watch After Trayvon Shooting?
The movie Neighborhood Watch, starring Hollywood heavyweights Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill, was poised to be one of the summer's biggest blockbusters.
But that was before the national uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Now the trailer, showing Jonah Hill firing a finger gun, has been pulled from theatres in Florida where Trayvon was shot.
"We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case," says a spokesperson for the movie studio Twentieth Century Fox. "But our film bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida. Above all else, our thoughts go out to the families touched by this terrible event."
The stars play suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group to get time away from their families. In one scene, they drag a kid into a police station.
The poster for the movie, which show a neighborhood watch street sign riddled with bullet holes, has also been pulled as the movie studio scrambles to release a new marketing campaign.
But there are no plans to change the release date for the comedy, which cost around $70 million to make.
Should Neighborhood Watch be delayed? People had differing opinions.
One person surveyed said, "A moment of Jonah Hill looking like he's shooting somebody? Not cool."
Another women said, "Do I think it's in poor taste? Absolutely."
"With these players, I don't think you should take it so seriously," said one man.
And on our online poll, we asked, should Neighborhood Watch still be released this summer? 68 percent of people said "Yes, the movie has nothing to do with the shooting." 32 percent said "No, it is bad timing."