A few weeks ago, an old draft intended to become the script of Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles reboot was leaked onto the Internet, giving fans and critics a chance to see for themselves whether the public outcry and hate the movie generated was justified, or if the fanbase was just blowing things waaaay out of proportion.

Turns out, they weren’t. To quote Peter Laird, one of the creators of TMNT:

“I think the script that I read is so fundamentally flawed, and — more to the point — so NOT a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, that trying to make piecemeal changes to it in an effort to make it into something halfway decent is probably a fool’s errand. In my opinion, the thing should just be tossed out, deliberately forgotten, and the process of generating a new script really a new outline, then treatment, then script — should be started again.”

But don’t worry, everything’s cool now. At least if you believe Michael Bay, who responded with the following:

“The leaked script that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I, or anyone at Platinum Dunes, was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago. This is tired, old news — wait for the movie!”

This would almost sound reassuring, if not for one thing: As Latino Review points out, the script was dated 1/30/12. Bay’s involvement with the project was announced back in 2010. Doesn’t seem to be so old now, does it? Oh well – maybe the date on the script wasn’t accurate, who knows. Since I’m not working behind the scenes I won’t start judging what’s real and what’s not. But I do have to say one thing:

Michael Bay is doing one hell of a shitty job selling this flick.

This thing has generated so much hate on the Internet that I honestly expected Bay to burst into flames. The fans are obviously worried that one of the greated franchises ever is going to get raped and treated like shit, all in the name of the Almighty Dollar. What does Bay do to quell those fears? Telling us repeatedly to just “wait for the movie.” To me, this translates to “I’m Michael Bay, bitch. Everyone chill the fuck out, I got this.”

I know you’re Michael Bay. That’s exactly why I’m worried. I’ve seen what you’ve done to Transformers, my 2nd favorite franchise of the 80s. I’ve seen how faithful to the source material you’ve been with that. And I’ve seen your other movies – I’ve seen that you’ve put about as much heart and soul into them as your dogs put into their turds. Your track record doesn’t exactly help your argument.

If you want us to get off your back, give us a reason to trust you. Show us that we have nothing to fear. Show us that you understand the franchise. With every detail that gets out, the Ninja Turtles reboot looks progressively worse. And all we get to counterbalance this is “chill.” That’s not helping. In fact, it makes things even worse. Because if you think that your word is good enough to make up for all the facts and “facts” that sparked all this hate in the first place, you come off as a self-centered, narcissistic douchebag.

Prove us wrong.