“24:Legacy” producers apologize for using Westgate Mall attack footage


Fox Series’ “24:Legacy” which debuted earlier this month caused an uproar online following the decision to use footage from 2013 terror attack in Nairobi  by producers.

The producers, Evan Katz and Manny Coto, issued a statement on Thursday which read,” we regretfully included news footage of an attack in Nairobi. It will be removed from all future broadcasts and versions of the show.”

The footage from the September, 2013, attack on Westgate mall in the Kenyan capital was used to depict a fictional terror attack in Egypt in the television show’s fourth episode. The episode incorporated the Nairobi shooting footage during a scene in which officials were reviewing footage of terror attacks perpetrated by the series’ villain in years past.

The clips chosen for the episode showed masked gunmen opening fire on civilians in a shopping mall as well as the crowds that were attempting to flee the shooting, reports Cinema Blend.

Choosing to use the footage was a big error in judgement by the producers who Kenyans through the hashtag #SomeoneTellFox protested its use. To add salt to the injury, the episode described the attack as taking place in “a market in Egypt” rather than a shopping mall in Nairobi.

The statement says the producers “apologise for any pain caused to the victims and their families and are deeply sorry.”

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