TBS airs conveniently sanitized version of iconic ’80s film to scrub out the word ‘terrorists’

TBS airs conveniently sanitized version of iconic ’80s film to scrub out the word ‘terrorists’
In the 1985 cult classic, "Back to the Future," some fans of the iconic movie noticed there was something important missing in the TBS broadcast. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

When Turner Broadcasting System re-aired the 1985 cult classic, “Back to the Future,” some fans of the iconic movie noticed there was something important missing from the TBS broadcast.

As The Daily Caller first reported, in the original movie, one of the major parts in the movie was when the character Doc Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd, was shot and killed by Libyan terrorists after he would not agree to make them an atomic bomb. When protagonist Marty McFly, played by actor Michael J. Fox, goes back in time during a crucial scene in the movie, he tries to warn Brown about the impending shootout in an attempt to save him from dying in the future.

During the emotional scene, McFly can be seen writing Brown a note as he reads it aloud. “On the night that I go back in time, you will be shot by terrorists,” McFly says in the original movie. “Please take whatever precautions are necessary to prevent this terrible disaster.”

But avid “Back to the Future” fans seemed to notice that an important word to the plot of the movie was missing when TBS re-aired it over the weekend.

David Rutz, video editor for the Washington Free Beacon, noted the changes on Twitter. He included a video with a comparison of the original scene and the scene edited by TBS.

 


According to movie website IMDB, a new edited version was made shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“TV versions that aired shortly after the World Trade Center Attack in September 2001 featured certain alterations to the Libyan terrorists subplot,” IMDB said. “When Marty reads aloud his warning letter for Doc, he says ‘You will be shot,’ instead of ‘You will be shot by terrorists,’ and the ‘by terrorists’ area of the letter is digitally erased.”

Turner Broadcasting System did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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