TBS recently played a censored version of the 1980s classic “Back to the Future” that tiptoed around the word “terrorists.” When Marty McFly warns Doc Brown that he will be “shot by terrorists” in a letter, the TBS version took out the “by terrorists” part. Doc Thompson explained where that version came from and wondered why TBS is still avoiding “the t-word” on Thursday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
The TV version removing the word “terrorists” and editing the scene where Libyan terrorists shoot the Doc Brown character was made soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to IMDB:
“TV versions that aired shortly after the World Trade Center Attack in September 2001 featured certain alterations to the Libyan terrorists subplot. 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.”
David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon noticed the changes and tweeted an image of Marty’s censored letter side by side with the original version.
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) June 4, 2017