The upcoming Power Rangers movie faced yet another controversy recently as a promotional tweet raised concern among fans for its insensitivity.
Anticipation for the Power Rangers movie is rife. Hence, fans are continuously on the lookout for news about the reboot, which hits theaters on March 24, 2017. Then again, many were not happy by a caption for a promotional tweet by the franchise and eOne Films, the international distributor.
The post in question featured the Yellow Ranger, also known as Trini. A previous spoiler about the character played by Becky G. hinted at her possible death at the hands of Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). An image of a scene from the movie showed Trini under attack by the team’s nemesis. She was not powered up. Thus, it raised interest about her likely fate in the movie.
Diehard fans of the Power Rangers did not like the tweet’s caption as many of them recalled how the original actress who played Trini died back in 2001. eOne Films has yet to delete the post whereas the Twitter account franchise already did.
Thuy Trang, the Vietnamese-born American actress who originally played the Yellow Ranger, died in a car accident. Thus, the “Driver’s Ed not required” commentary referring to the Zord robots seemed quite insensitive to many.
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Movie Web noted this is the latest controversy surrounding the Power Rangers movie. Previously, David Yost who played the original Blue Ranger expressed disappointment at the casting of Bryan Cranston as Zordon. Moreover, Yost called Cranston a homophobe.
Apparently, Cranston called out the Blue Ranger as fey in a 2009 interview to imply the character was gay. As a homosexual actor himself, Yost took offense by it. Eventually, Cranston apologized for his earlier remarks. The Blue Ranger Billy Cranston was named after him, owing to his voice work with Saban Films then. Lionsgate will present the Power Rangers movie and John Wick at the New York Comic-Con on October 8. It remains unknown if the cast will address the Yellow Ranger tweet controversy.