Film Four Pull Four Lions From Schedule After Boston Marathon Bombings
Film features hapless terrorists targeting London marathon
A spokesperson for Film Four has confirmed that they have decided to pull the planned screening of Chris Morris’ Four Lions from its schedule, in the wake of Monday’s bombing in Boston. The comedy film features a group of hapless terrorists, who target the London marathon. Although the events in Boston have not been confirmed as a terrorist attack, the events in the movie are all too similar to those that occurred in real life.
Out of sensitivity for those affected by the Boston bombings, Film Four cancelled the airing of Four Lions planned for Monday April 22. A spokesperson said “In light of recent tragic events, Film4 has decided not to proceed with the planned broadcast of Four Lions, which was scheduled for Monday 22nd.” In the US, the Fix network have removed a previously aired episode of Family Guy, after snippets of the show were edited and re-ordered to make it look as though the show had somehow predicted the Boston marathon bombings. The show’s creator Seth Macfarlane was horrified by the re-editing of the clips and deplored whoever had put them online.
Meanwhile on Channel 5, back in the UK, today’s episode of Neighbours (April 17, 2013) went ahead as planned, despite featuring a gas explosion. For the first time, the show will also be aired in an extra double-length showing at 10pm. A spokesperson for Channel 5 said: “After an editorial discussion we have decided that this storyline will go ahead as scheduled.”