Fox Network, the producers of TV Show 24 Legacy, has apologised to Kenyans for using a footage of September 2013 Westgate Mall attack in the latest episode of the fictional thriller, says Quartz Africa.
In 24 Legacy, a counterintelligence agent briefs US authorities on the possibility of a terrorist attack by the show’s main villain.
Footage of some of the criminal mastermind’s past work show masked gunmen stalking and shooting their victims in a mall, panicked crowds running for their lives, and parents trying to hide their children.
In the episode, the agent says the attack took place in Egypt where more than 200 people died, “including 18 Americans.”
Kenyans, who keenly watched the show, took to social media – under the hash tag “Someone Tell Fox” – to criticise the producers for insensitivity after noticing that footage in some scenes had real-life Nairobi Westgate Mall attack that killed at least 67 people, instead of the production’s intended fictional attack in Egypt.
A spokesperson for Fox studios confirmed to Quartz Africa that the footage was from the attack in Nairobi, carried out by Al Shabaab militants on Westgate Mall, and said that the producers “very much regret using it to depict a fictional act of terror on the show”.
The producers issued an apology and said that the footage would be removed.
Executive producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto said in a statement: “In episode 4 of 24: Legacy we regretfully included news footage of an attack in Nairobi. It will be removed from all future broadcasts and versions of the show. We apologise for any pain caused to the victims and their families and are deeply sorry.”