Nowadays, it appears that no picture is immune to reaction, which is often the case with recent remakes. Consider the reaction to the trailers for the impending live-action remakes of The Little Mermaid (2023) and Peter Pan and Wendy (2023). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) is the next to endure the trolls’ wrath.
The Ninja Turtles’ human buddy and reporter April O’Neil (voiced by Ayo Edebiri) is African-American, as revealed in the Mutant Mayhem teaser. Meanwhile, a few additional characters have had their genders switched, albeit they do not feature in the teaser.
While this isn’t the first time April has been shown as African-American, with the animated program Rise of the TMNT (2018) being the first, a lot of YouTubers and Twitter users are now criticizing the film.
Here’s what some are saying online about this very controversial decision by Rogen:
Ryan from RK Post Youtube channel did a good breakdown video over all this controversy. Check it out below: