While some of the storylines from “24” may have seemed uncomfortably close to real-life situations, there was no mistaking that Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) was a fictional character who saved the world umpteen times in a make-believe TV show.
However, producers of the current reboot, “24: Legacy”, blurred the line between fact and fiction by using actual footage of a real-life terror attack in the Feb. 20 episode to depict a fictional terrorist incident in the show.
In one scene, characters in the show view video footage of a fictional terror attack in Alexandria, Egypt, purportedly from three years earlier. However, as many sharp-eyed viewers noticed, the footage was actual news video of a 2013 terrorist attack in a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that left 67 people dead.
“We regretfully included news footage of an attack in Nairob,” exec producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto said in a joint statement, reports Associated Press. “It will be removed from all future broadcasts and versions of the show.” The producers also apologized “for any pain caused to the victims and their families and are deeply sorry.”
The al-Qaida-affiliated, Somalia-based organization al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, which was ostensibly to punish the African nation for contributing troops to a peacekeeping mission in Somalia.
Following the episode’s airing, numerous comments about the footage were posted on Twitter, pointing out the insensitivity of using footage from an attack in which real people were murdered.