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Funny Aneurysm Moment: Western Animation

  • Most of The Boondocks episode "Thank You for Not Snitching" follows the militarization of a Neighborhood Watch group that targets young black children. Considering what happened to George Zimmerman, this all the more charged and slightly hard to watch.
  • In Futurama, one of the stations in the New New York tubeway system is given as "J.F.K., Jr. Airport". After the real-life John F. Kennedy, Jr. died when his private plane crashed, the line was replaced with "Radio City Mutant Hall" (though the original line can still be heard on the full-episode animatic that appears on Futurama volume one DVD and on the UK airings).
    • The line in the first episode about the Stop & Drop Suicide booths being "Americans' favorite suicide booth since 2008" becomes a bit wince worthy in light of 2008's economic meltdown and the invention of an actual suicide machine in the same year.
    • In "The Lesser of Two Evils", the main characters visit a theme park modeled on 2000s New York. There's a brief scene where the stock market drops from about 11,000 to 7,200, similar numbers to the real-life 2008 crash. (Fortunately, it jumps right back up to 11,000, and all the stock brokers who jumped to their apparent deaths float back up into the building via jetpack.) Considering that the scene was supposed to be a "distorted history" take on the crash that started the Great Depression; that makes this a sort of bizarre life imitating art imitating life.
    • In The Beast With a Billion Backs, Colleen, voiced by Brittany Murphy, is the only person in the universe to stay in heaven with Yivo. Beast With A Billion Backs was the last time Brittany Murphy did voicework on an animated show (besides her role as Luanne Platter on King of the Hill) before she died in December 2009.
  • The Sam & Max: Freelance Police episode "Fools Die on Friday", originally aired in 1997, is about a terrorist who hijacks an aircraft and almost crashes it into a tall structure in New York City. Of course, the aircraft is a blimp, the terrorist is just a mildly insane loser, and the crash (into the Statue of Liberty) is averted. But the overall plot and dialogue still parallel 9/11 enough that it makes the episode harder to laugh at. The episode was not shown on Gametap when they began streaming the series in 2006, but it is fully present on the DVD release.
  • Godzilla: The Series has two...as if seeing the standing WTC towers in numerous background shots wasn't depressing enough as it was (though keep in mind, this was made before 9/11/2001).
    • Randy Hernandez's line "Who's been playing dominoes with the World Trade Center?" in the episode "Future Shock" straddles between this and Harsher in Hindsight, due to having time traveled to a Bad Future.
    • "Metamorphosis" featured a giant centipede-cicada hybrid being on top of the Sears Tower (before the rename to Willis Tower), forcing Godzilla to bring the skyscraper down. The way how it collapses is eerily how the WTC towers collapsed in on themselves.
  • In South Park, considering how badly Chef had a bridge dropped on him after his voice actor, Isaac Hayes, left the show two months after a stroke and an episode mocking Scientology (and someone - not him - told the powers that be that it was due to their mocking religion, when everyone would know they would put two and two together and know they meant Scientology), it was that much more disconcerting to find out that Hayes died on August 10, 2008.
    • The entire episode "The Jeffersons" (and the lines from the black man on "The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka" who kept telling Jesus that Michael Jackson is still a beloved entertainer, despite being branded as a Memetic Molester), which brutally spoofed Michael Jackson, considering the death of the pop idol and how all the jokes about Michael Jackson being a child molester fell out of favor when he was acquitted in 2005 and when he died in 2009. Considering all the crap he got for his alleged crimes both in real life and on other TV shows that make jokes about Michael Jackson being a child molester, South Park actually had a shocking amount of sympathy for him on the episode "The Jeffersons" as a Man Child who acted this way to make up for the childhood he never had (and Kyle calls Michael out on acting like a kid when really he should be caring for the child he has).
    • "Butters' Very Own Episode" ends with Gary Condit, JonBenet Ramsey's parents, and O.J. Simpson being called out for being murderers who lie through their teeth and (in the second case) are playing the victims on top of that. Not nearly as funny and biting now that the Ramseys and Condit have been confirmed as innocent people Convicted by Public Opinion, and too late for Patsy Ramsey (who died of ovarian cancer) at that. And especially after O.J.'s book If I Did It.
    • The episode "Scott Tenorman Must Die", aired in 2001, has a scene where Scott finds a human finger in his bowl of chili (that turns out to be the finger of one of his parents, whom had been used as the secret ingredient of the chili Cartman cooked). Four years later, a woman named Anna Ayala claimed that a human finger was found in her bowl of Wendy's chili, but it turned out to be a hoax.
      • And for an in-universe example of this trope, the revelation in the Wham Episode "201" completely twists the climax of "Scott Tenorman Must Die" around in a new light. For those who wonder: Cartman's true father and Scott Tenorman's father are the same. Meaning that Cartman killed his own dad and thus that his his victory in "Scott Tenorman Must Die" was a retroactive Pyrrhic Victory.
    • In 2004's "Passion of the Jew," Mel Gibson is shown as a deranged man who goes after Stan and Kenny for hating Passion of the Christ and ends up making a fool of himself in front of everyone in town (even going so far as to act like Daffy Duck, back when he was a screwball). In 2006, Gibson was pulled over for drunk driving, and while being arrested he made anti-Semitic remarks and insulted a female officer by calling her a misogynistic name. Now in 2010, he's been taped making racial and sexist slurs and screamed at his wife while threatening her, in a way that is scarily similar to his insane depiction. Though this probably actually makes this episode even funnier, but it makes you wonder if the South Park creators knew something the audience didn't at the time.
    • The season five episode "Proper Condom Use" has parents pushing for sex ed to be taught to the younger grades. How young? Try "kindergarten" (which Chef finds appalling, as he believes that kids should be kids and not worry about sexual matters until they find out about it for themselves). It was just a joke about how insane the need for teaching sex ed to younger children can be pushed...until some schools actually proposed having sex ed classes for 1st and 2nd graders, though this is arguable, as the sex-ed proposed for grade schoolers is more centered on child molestation and what to do if you or someone you know is being sexually molested.
    • In "Volcano", Jimbo says that because lawmakers are making it harder to hunt animals, hunters pretend to act like the animals pose a threat to them as an excuse to hunt. This becomes cringe-worthy after the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial put Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws (harming/killing someone if you feel poses a threat to you) into the national spotlight.
  • Inverted in the pilot episode of Drawn Together. Comedy Central initally didn't want Toot Braunstein to cut herself, as they felt that the gag was too tasteless. A year before the show premiered, an episode of The Real World: San Diego revealed that Frankie Abernathy was a cutter. Because of its relevance, the scene was left in the show.
  • Blitz Wolf, an MGM Wartime Cartoon, features the Three Little Pigs blowing up Tokyo after an overly long gun barrel gag note . This was three years before two Japanese cities (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) really would be blown to pieces — with atomic weapons.
  • In the Baseball Episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Jimmy scientifically lines his team's equipment with the talents of Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire. This becomes less amusing after the latter two got busted for using steroids.
  • In Celebrity Deathmatch, when Steve Irwin gets tail-whipped by Medusa, he rips his heart out and puts it back in, saying "What a stinger!" This is now in bad taste due to Steve Irwin's real-life death after being stung in the heart by a stingray.
    • Siegfried getting attacked and killed by the tiger in Penn & Teller vs. Siegfried & Roy match became less funny when Roy was mauled by the tiger in Real Life.
  • The obscure cartoon Posse Impossible, part of The CB Bears, had an episode entitled "One of Our Rivers is Missing". It may have seemed funny at the time in the 1970s, but due to the late 2013 UK flooding and concern over global warming, it is a lot harder to laugh at nowadays.

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