A few weeks ago, Lionsgate unveiled new character posters for Power Rangers, which introduced each of the characters' massive Zords. The posters were showcased through the Power Rangers official Twitter last month, but one of the tweets didn't sit well with fans of the original series. Many have spoken out, because the tweet in question was so insensitive to a former cast member of the original series, who passed away 15 years ago.
The controversy started on September 21, when the Twitter accounts for the Power Rangers franchise, the new movie reboot and international distributor eOne Films sent out a poster for the Yellow Ranger, Trini, played by Becky G. While the poster itself wasn't exactly offensive, the tweets from these accounts stated that "Driver's Ed not required," referring to the Zord robots. Many fans took the studios to task since the actress who played the original Yellow Ranger, Thuy Trang, died in a car accident in 2001, at the age of 27.
While the Power Rangers movie and franchise accounts have deleted the tweets, the eOne Films' tweet is still up, despite the controversy. Some fans called out the studio through social media for the insensitive caption, which lead to the offensive tweets being removed. We'll have to wait and see if Becky G or any of the other Power Rangers plan on addressing this controversy during Lionsgate's New York Comic-Con panel, where the stars are expected to introduce the first trailer.
This isn't the reboot's first brush with controversy, though. Shortly after Bryan Cranston was cast as Zordon, the actor who played the original Blue Ranger, David Yost, stated he wasn't happy with the casting, calling Bryan Cranston a "homophobe" following his comments in a 2009 interview. In that interview, the actor revealed that they named the Blue Ranger, Billy Cranston, after the actor, since he had been doing voice over work for Saban Films at the time. Bryan Cranston went on to call the Blue Ranger the "fey" one, implying he was gay, which David Yost took offense to, since he is a homosexual actor. Bryan Cranston has since apologized for those remarks.
The Power Rangers themselves will be played by Becky G (Yellow Ranger), Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (Blue Ranger), Dacre Montgomery (Red Ranger) and Ludi Lin (Black Ranger), with Elizabeth Banks also starring as the villainous Rita Repulsa. It was also recently confirmed that Bill Hader will provide the voice of Alpha 5 in Power Rangers, which has been set for release on March 24, 2017. Take a look at the original eOne Films tweet below, along with some of the tweets calling out this insensitive caption.
@PowerRangers You do remember Thuy Trang died in a car crash right? You couldn't give that tag line to ANY of the other 4 not named Trini?— Gregory Walsh (@Spindash54) September 21, 2016
It said, "Drivers Ed is not required". The actress that played Trini by the name of Thuy Trang died in a car... https://t.co/LwWNHOxsLT— Victor Ellis (@VEMANOFFICIAL) September 28, 2016