Michael Bay’s latest Transformers film has drawn the ire of the British, after Winston Churchill’s birthplace was adorned with Nazi paraphernalia during a recent shoot. We’re sorry, Britain. We know we created this and have nobody but ourselves to blame at this point.
Blenheim Palace, where Churchill once lived, was draped in large Nazi flags while crews were in the area to film some of next year’s Transformers: The Last Knight. It is not yet clear who or what this last knight is, but The Sun (which published the photographs, and is also what you’d consider a tabloid, so take that as you might) reports that some local military veterans were incensed by the imagery being used near the onetime home of the WWII hero.
Bay, for his part, commented to the BBC that “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.”
It’s unclear what concept in a movie about giant fighting space robots could necessitate Nazi imagery, but in a franchise that’s already sunk to the nadir of spending some of its screen time on Texas consent law instead of just writing a sexy female lead of legal age in the last installment, we can only imagine what sights, sounds, and/or conspicuous bottles of Bud Light await us all on June 23rd, 2017, and in hell.