TRANSFORMERS 5: Michael Bay Responds To Criticism Against Nazi Sequence At Winston Churchill's Birthplace
Yesterday, we reported on an interesting development regarding the latest film in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight. Yes, the film would trumpet the return of the Dinobots, and in tow, they would bring with them the Mini-Dinobots, but most fans didn't realize that the film would also feature Nazis.
According to the Sun, production for Transformers sequel had taken over Winston Churchill's Blenheim Palace birthplace and dressed it up as a Nazi HQ of sorts, complete with swastika flags and period appropriate vehicles. This had allegedly infuriated World War II veterans, and ex-commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Richard Kemp, went so far as to state:
“I know its a film, but it’s symbolically disrespectful to Churchill. He will be turning in his grave.”
It sounds like the word has reached Transformers: The Last Knight director Michael Bay who, in a report from BBC, responded to the criticism. In his statement, he assured audiences that there would be no disrespect to the legacy of Winston Churchill.
"People have not been fortunate enough to read the script and they don't know that Churchill in this movie is a big hero.
"Churchill would be smiling.
"When you see the movie you'll understand."
Indeed no one outside of the production of the film have had a chance to gaze upon script itself, and given that fact, it's nearly impossible to criticize any use of the palace. Sure, one could argue that using Churchill's birthplace for anything Nazi-related is a mark against him, but at the end of the day, it is just a film -- one that's about as likely to raise a serious controversy as an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
What do you make of this controversy? Do you think veterans would be well in their right to be furious, or should they simply understand that this'll be little more than an action flick with giant robots and dinosaurs? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017.