What a bunch of babies! Apparently billboards for FX’s upcoming “The Strain” featuring some kind of a worm either coming out of, or going into, an eyeball are too much for residents of Hollywood to handle, and they’ve taken to Twitter to bitch about it.
Okay, so maybe you don’t necessarily want to see a close-up of a worm-penetrated eyeball while you’re trying to choke down your Egg McMuffin in the morning, but is it really that big of a deal? Well, people need something to tweet about. It can’t all be pictures of food and cute cat videos.
And we’ve heard from some celebs on the Twittersphere regarding “The Strain” billboards. Paranormal Activity 2 star Molly Ephraim herself has spoken out. Ephraim tweeted, “Billboard for ‘The Strain’ or whatever that godforsaken thing is w/ the thing in the eyeball on my street; can I call the Mayor to complain?”
And to really hammer her point home, she followed up with, “NO BUT SERIOUSLY I CAN’T DEAL WITH THOSE POSTERS FOR “THE STRAIN” I NEED THEM REMOVED CITYWIDE.”
Funny, horror didn’t bother Ms. Ephraim that much when she was cashing those PA2 checks.
And for good measure, Nicholas Stoller, director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and writer of The Muppets, did another bit of fine writing when he tweeted, “Hey, ‘The Strain’ billboards: f— you! People have little kids in this city who don’t want to be scared out of their goddamn minds!” Really? It’s a little gross, that’s all. People aren’t running through the streets in a terrified frenzy.
Anyway, we’ve included some other bellyaching tweets about “The Strain” billboards below. For those of you who dig this kind of stuff, prepare yourselves for the series premiere on Sunday, July 13th, on FX.
UPDATE: Per EW, following all the outcry, the only way FX could “worm” itself out of this predicament was to yank the images. “We are in the process of replacing the key art for ‘The Strain’ on outdoor media in several locations,” said the network in a statement; however, they would not specify where the changes are being made.
The ensemble cast of “The Strain” includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.
“The Strain” is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.