The poster for Goon, a hockey comedy starring Jay Baruchel and Sean William Scott has been banned when Toronto officials found the sexually suggestive tongue in between two fingers pose on the poster to be lewd and offensive.
The poster promoting the film was released two weeks ago and since then 38 posters in the city were taken down, despite local dsitributor Alliance Films having no clue about the sudden ban until after it happened.
The film is about a bouncer (Scott) who gets touched by the hand of God, and eventually finds his way to the rink, and joins the worst hockey team imaginable, and through the film inspires the team and takes them to new heights. Baruchel plays teammate and new friend.
The cast are currently promoting the film in Toronto, so when asked about the ban Baruchel had this to say, “Another classic example of the cultural divide between Quebec and Ontario, I guess.” When director Mike Dowsar was asked about the incident he took the comical approach and said, “I question whether this has to do with Jay’s tongue or his ability to burn Maple Leafs jerseys, neither of which are offensive in any way,”
Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (Seth Rogen’s best friend and writing partner), co wrote the script together based on the book Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, written by Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio. Baruchel also produced the film as well.
Sound off! Do you think the poster should have been banned? Do you think the United States will ban it as well?