Swine Flu Takes Out Mexican Mr. Spock
The Swine Flu has claimed another victim. Variety reports that Paramount has followed Fox’s lead, when they cancelled the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in Mexico City this week, by canceling the May 8th of their first big summer tentpole, Star Trek.
Unlike everywhere else, where there’s panic without any real reason, the Swine Flu actually has hit Mexico pretty hard. It’s caused around 159 deaths there so far, though word is that things are already stabilizing. There the problem is mostly that people in Mexico can’t afford healthcare, and so when they get sick they don’t go to the doctor. Forget the swine flu, any flu outbreak there is likely to result in deaths. Still, in response, the Mexican government has asked to close theaters, and so it makes sense to postpone the planned release of big movies.
Right now there’s no word of any plan to do this in the United States, though if the American media keeps trying to drum up panic, who knows. Seriously people chill out. You’re gonna be fine. Go out this weekend, enjoy Wolverine, and leave your stupid surgical masks at home.
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