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“The Aurora shooting was an unspeakable tragedy, and out of respect for the families of the victims, we felt it necessary to reshoot that sequence, and I’m proud of the fact that we did,” he said, “I think that we didn’t compromise the film or our intent, and I think the [newly shot] Chinatown sequence is really well done, and that we should all respect the tragedy and not draw associations to our film."
Ruben Fleischer on re-shooting a scene in Gangster Squad following the mass shooting in a movie theater in Colorado during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
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A kind of self-censorship born out of sensitivity to current issues. One frequent situation is when a new episode (or possibly an old one) is edited, has its release date changed, or not broadcast because it coincides with some recent tragic event. Can be taken to ridiculous extremes, especially if Executive Meddling is involved; for example, after President Ronald Reagan's assassination attempt in 1981, The Greatest American Hero had the surname of its main character changed for the final 2 episodes of the first season to Hanley, due to having the same as Reagan's would-be assassin, but would later revert to his original surname starting with the second season. Sometimes it goes so far that any fictional depiction of someone or something upon which tragedy has been visited cannot be shown at all for fear of "trivialization" - even if the depiction is respectful.

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A prominent example for Americans was that, for several years, any show featuring the former twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City tended to be tweaked a bit. Some older shows and even movies had broadcasts digitally edited to remove it from the skyline. This sometimes happened even when the show or movie was set before 2001. This has Unfortunate Implications, in that it allows the terrorists to destroy the World Trade Center retroactively. Much of the awareness of the issue is due to the rather long shadow the World Trade Center attacks cast over the subsequent decade.

In other cases, the result ends up being a Missing Episode (if it's scheduled to air around the time of the tragedy, but has to be replaced with a rerun or another episode) or a Banned Episode (if it aired previously and now has to be shelved until the tragedy dies down, though, in some cases, like the South Park two-part episode "200" and "201," an episode will be considered gone for good if it really caused trouble).

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Ironically, sometimes it is the very act of censoring a scene that highlights its similarities to current events. A seemingly innocuous scene has been edited out of a repeat; the only explanation is that it referred to the same kind of situation as in Current Issue X. What was a vague connection has now been made explicit.

Has elements in common with Harsher in Hindsight and "Funny Aneurysm" Moment. If a work had its airing or release delayed due to a tragic event, but the work's content wasn't related, that would be considered a Release Date Change. Can overlap with Renamed to Avoid Association, where characters or elements in a work are renamed because another work has already become more popular using the same name.


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    Advertising 
  • In 1994, the restaurant chain Jack in the Box released the first commercials with the "Jack" character. In the commercials, he referenced the 1980 commercials where they blew up the jack-in-the-box head that was their trademark, saying they had "fired" him. He then claimed that due to plastic surgery, he was back and would change Jack in the Box. Immediately after this announcement, the commercial showed Jack getting revenge by blowing up the building's boardroom behind him. The commercial drew criticism for appearing at a time when several real-life bombings were in the news.
  • A TV ad for the 1986 Ford Aerostar minivan, which compared the van's profile to that of the Space Shuttle, was pulled after the Challenger disaster.
  • Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, did a Weight Watchers commercial in which she said she got most of her exercise running from the paparazzi. It was released the same week as the death of Princess Diana of Wales and was immediately pulled.
  • Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, a popular weight-loss-by-meal-replacement programme in Great Britain was frequently advertised on the TV as AYDS Helps You Lose a Lot of Weight - Fast! Following a certain new disease which came to the public eye in the 1980s, however, AYDS, its advertising and the product itself vanished completely.
  • A commercial for Vigilante 8 featuring a heavily damaged school bus was supposedly pulled after the Columbine massacre.
  • When WE tv began airing McLeod's Daughters, they ran a humorous promo where a mother Bound and Gagged her family with duct tape so they wouldn't interrupt her while she was watching the show. The ad was pulled in response to a news story about a child who had died after having their mouth taped.
  • Walmart pulled a commercial featuring a Black father saying "I can't breathe!" after the grand jury failed to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. In particular, the issue was that "I can't breathe" were the last words Garner said while dying on-camera, and subsequently became the rallying cry of those seeking to end race-based police brutality. (It is still available on t-shirts, jackets, hats, etc., and his daughter famously wore one in a promo for the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign.)
  • HP and Hardee's ads were pulled in light of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
    • The HP was harsher than the others because it bragged about bringing astronauts to safety.
  • The Energizer "Bombshell Bunny" commercial only aired a few times before being pulled after the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • In 2017, the automaker Dodge sponsored a drag racing event in Michigan called Roadkill Nights, with their new Challenger SRT Demon muscle car featured there. The event was held on August 12... which was, unfortunately, also the day when a neo-Nazi at a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia drove a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring nineteen others. Dodge very quickly removed the banner and tweets on its Twitter page promoting Roadkill Nights (the former complete with a picture of the Demon), though not before they got hit with no shortage of jokes and remarks about the unfortunate timing.
  • Kraft Heinz suspended Planters' Super Bowl LIV ad campaign, which centered around the Heroic Sacrifice of their longtime mascot Mr. Peanut, in the wake of Kobe Bryant's tragic death. Both the incident and the first ad in question involved vehicles crashing, with the Planters ad involving a car crash and Kobe dying in a helicopter crash, and the campaign would've continued in the week of Kobe's death with new material leading up to Mr. Peanut's funeral, which was to air during the game itself. Despite the cancellation, the ad slated for the game, which ended with Mr. Peanut being reborn as Baby Nut, aired as scheduled.
  • KFC once ran an ad featuring their Tiananmen Square location until it was pulled in the wake of the 1989 massacre.
    • In 2020, KFC announced they would drop their slogan, "It's finger-licking good," in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and people becoming more cautious about spreading germs.

    Comic Books 
  • For a brief period in The '70s, Black Panther was renamed "Black Leopard" in order to avoid being associated with the Black Panther revolutionary organization.
  • The Man of Steel, the 1986 updated retelling of Superman's origins, was going to have him make his first public appearance saving a space shuttle from crashing. The Challenger disaster occurred while the miniseries was in production, and the vessel Superman saves was changed to an "experimental space-plane".
  • The cover of Preacher #52 was originally supposed to depict an 8-year-old Tulip O'Hare getting a handgun as a Christmas present. After Columbine, it was changed to a standard facial shot of an adult Tulip.
  • One issue of the Vertigo Comics title Hellblazer, containing a story entitled Shoot (written by Warren Ellis) was never released due to its resemblance to the Columbine shootings - it would have come out only weeks after the shootings occurred. As with the above example, the issue had been in the works for several months, the timing was merely coincidental. The issue was eventually released as a standalone story in 2010.
  • Issue #3 of Batman Incorporated was pushed back a month due to the tragic shooting spree that occurred at a Colorado screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The issue, which saw a female Leviathan agent chloroforming and replacing a teacher and then pointing a gun at her students, was deemed insensitive in light of the shootings.
  • On her Tumblr blog, Gail Simone mentioned that she had to rewrite an issue of Batgirl (which featured a Latino youth being brutalized by bigoted security officers) due to some similarities it bore to the death of Trayvon Martin.
  • Trinity was originally scheduled to have a three-issue arc called "Divided We Fall," which would have dealt with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman defending a racist hate speaker from angry rioters. The issues were cancelled by DC due to the increasingly volatile political situation in the United States following the election of Donald Trump, including at least one incident that bore superficial similarities to the riot in the story.
  • Formula One racer Ayrton Senna inspired in his native Brazil the comic book Senninha. Four issues in, Senna tragically dies during a race, so Senninha had to go through some changes - none more significant than ditching the blue overalls the pilot wore during the fatal crash in a Williams, to start wearing the red ones of his Golden Years, where Senna won three championships with McLaren.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield:
    • In an extreme case of bad timing, a strip involving a spider telling Garfield that if Garfield kills the spider, a day of remembrance will be held in his honor, resulting in a day called "National Stupid Day". It ran on November 11, 2010, Remembrance/Veterans Day.
    • Speaking of Jim Davis comics and bad timing, on September 6, 2012, a devastating earthquake struck China. The U.S. Acres webcomic of the day when it occurred, which was part of an arc about sneezing jokes, had Orson receiving a phone call from China in it. Luckily, unlike the "National Stupid Day" Garfield comic, nobody noticed this because the comic changed 30 minutes after said earthquake happened because the earthquake happened at 11:30PMEST, 30 minutes before both the Garfield and U.S. Acres comics changed.
  • In FoxTrot, the strip published July 22, 2012, was supposed to be showing Paige in the crosshairs of Jason's squirt gun, but as it was just days after the Aurora, CO movie theatre massacre, Bill Amend pulled the strip and replaced it with a rerun of a 2009 strip.

    Fanfiction 
  • Japanese author/artist Gensoukoumuten is internationally renowned in the Touhou Project fandom for their Touhou Days Woven With Illusion series, highly emotional, character-driven stories, set in a modernized version of Gensokyo. On the 8th of March, 2011, preview images of the next installment of their doujin series Days Woven With Illusionnote  were posted to their pixiv account, the full item to be released the following week. The images (worksafe, although banner ads will probably be otherwise) showed a small fairy struggling to rescue a puppy as the city is flooded by a typhoon. The Tohoku earthquake struck three days later. Shortly, the artist announced that due to the imagery employed, the book's release was delayed.
  • Due to an ongoing decline in mental health leading up to very personal deaths happening in his family, in addition to the stresses of having to cope with COVID-19 Pandemic, that MF 217 decided to discontinue updating Digimon Re: Tamers in it's original form, and has announced a soft reboot titled Digimon Re: Tamers 7D6. Another reason was that MF217's writing skills had changed significantly between the last time the original fic was updated and by the time the first page of the reboot will be posted, and he wanted to demonstrate that by a Continuity Reboot to allow him the freedom to do so much more than he originally did.

    Literature 
  • Phenomena book 7 was this according to Word of God, because of the 2011 Norway attacks that took place about 5 months before release, but it was published anyway.
  • Dean Koontz set up his Frankenstein trilogy to involve artificially-created monsters rampaging through New Orleans during a hurricane. Due to the destruction caused in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, the third book was delayed, finally being released in July 2009.
  • This was also the reason why Animal Farm was made into an allegory involving animals. George Orwell originally intended for it to directly expose some of the horrific crimes committed by the Soviet Union since Stalin came to power, but because the Soviets under Stalin were part of the Allied Forces during World War II, the book publishers could not release the book without risking Stalin either abandoning their alliance, or worse, attacking them.

    Magazines 
  • MAD, being a topical satire magazine, has had this happen a few times:
    • Issue #122 featured mascot Alfred E. Neuman holding a pin before several balloons with caricatures of contemporary politicians on them. The original art featured a caricature of Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated just before the issue was set to print. As a result, his likeness was hastily replaced with one of Alfred.
    • Issue #300's original cover had a caricature of George H. W. Bush burning an American flag with Alfred's image on it. Due to the then-ongoing Gulf War making this cover seem tasteless, it was replaced with a stock image.
    • Issue #411's original cover art featured Alfred mistaking crime scene tape for the finish line of a foot race. This cover art was deemed in poor taste after 9/11, so art director Sam Viviano hastily prepared a new cover: a stock image of Alfred with an American flag in place of his missing tooth.
    • Cartoonist Al Jaffee had originally created a Fold-In themed around the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, but the editors decided that it was in poor taste and destroyed several copies of an issue. It was finally deemed acceptable for print in June 2019.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • WWE stumbled into such a moment during the airing of a live broadcast. On the day it was discovered that Chris Benoit and his family were dead, WWE replaced a scheduled three-hour RAW episode with a tribute to Benoit's career. During the airing of the tribute, it became clear that the deaths were a murder-suicide, as the show was airing. WWE just has rotten luck when it comes to tragedies — so much so that they instantly turned a 180 — not only did Vince McMahon apologize for the tribute show, but ever since, Benoit has never been mentioned by name on any new WWE programming that has aired since his death, his name is almost completely wiped from their website (save for some minor mentions in title histories and whatnot), and footage containing Benoit in which he was a major part of has not been seen on WWE programming. Hooray for Hand Waving. Classic Benoit footage is available on the WWE Network (with a "does not reflect the views of the WWE or the personal lives of the wrestlers" content warning), several passing mentions of Benoit have come up on recent DVD releases, and — starting with Shawn Michaels a few months after Benoit's death — several WWE wrestlers have used the Benoit's signature submission hold, the Crippler Crossface (including the man who tapped to it at WrestleMania 20 — Triple H — and, on the same night, Trips busted it out for the first time, so did The Great Khali.) What makes this even worse? The Raw that was replaced was intended to be one of the major turning points in the "Who killed Mr. McMahon?" angle. A few weeks prior to Benoit's death, Vince had been (kayfabe) blown up after stepping into a limo, and the three-hour Raw was intended to reveal who the perpetrator was. Following the Benoit murder-suicide, the angle was dropped completely, with Vince reappearing on Raw a month later to explain that he'd faked the explosion in an attempt to see what people really thought of him.
  • Late in its run, the braintrust at WCW decided to repackage goofy German dancer Alex Wright into the Goth-like Foreign Wrestling Heel Berlyn. Trouble was, Berlyn debuted shortly around the time of Columbine, and his attire (specifically, his ring jacket), apparently drew too many comparisons to the killers. WCW was then forced to drop the character after a handful of appearances, and Wright went back to being himself and partnered with Disco Inferno as the Boogie Knights.
  • On an episode of RAW in 2012, wrestling manager A.W. said "Titus O'Neil is like Kobe Bryant in a hotel room: unstoppable!" That was a reference to Bryant's rape charges, which had happened a few years earlier. With WWE trying to paint themselves as a family-friendly program, and with Linda McMahon running for Senate, WWE fired A.W. for the reference.
  • In 2014, Rusev and his manager, Lana (actually, American born Catherine Perry) began a Foreign Heel gimmick where they were Russian sympathizers while degrading America at every opportunity, all to draw heat. The "Russian who hates America" gimmick dated to the height of the Cold War, but the WWE, Rusev and Lana took this a step farther when, at the 2014 Battleground pay-per-view event, Lana delivered a heel promo prior to Rusev's "United States vs. Russia" match with Jack Swagger blaming the United States for "recent current" world events and praising Russian president Vladimir Putin. Some in the media viewed the promo as a veiled reference to the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 three days earlier.note The WWE was forced into damage control, making a statement to TMZ.com and various professional wrestling websites that Lana's scripted promo "was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy," but both the mainstream media and professional wrestling journalists strongly disagreed, with at least one writer saying that a reasonably intelligent viewer could conclude that Lana's promo was making reference to the plane crash.

    Radio 
  • A 1955 Goon Show episode, "The Pevensey Bay Disaster" which featured a train crash was postponed and replaced by a repeat of an earlier episode because of a real-life crash at Didcot in which 10 people died and 116 were injured. Annoyed by the show's cancellation, Spike Milligan re-submitted the script under a new title, "The Hastings Flyer — Robbed", and this version was duly recorded and broadcast five weeks later. "The Pevensey Bay Disaster" was finally broadcast at the end of the series, five months after it was originally scheduled, and confusing listeners who had already heard the same story under a different title.
  • After the December 2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean most German radio stations pulled a popular song at the time, "Die Perfekte Welle" ("The Perfect Wave"). There was nothing official but it was conspicuous that a song placed high in single charts wasn't played anymore.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In early 2020 Epic Games intended to release three new digital board games on their platform and make them available for free during the week leading up to the official launch. However one of these games, Pandemic was too close to home for comfort considering the real-life coronavirus pandemic of 2020 once media outlets started reporting and commenting on the poor timing, Epic Games pulled the plug on Pandemic and as of this writing is still not available on the platform. The other two games (Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride) launched with no issue.
  • The Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths set Magic: The Gathering set to release in spring 2020, features a few Godzilla-themed reskins of some of the cards in it. Among them, the reskin for Void Beckoner was Spacegodzilla, "Death Corona", named after Spacegodzilla's Breath Weapon, the Corona Beam. While it was too late to remove it from the set's initial printing, future printings will not include the variant due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Pokémon's third Sword and Shield expansion, Darkness Ablaze, was originally called World Down in Japan. However, due to its apocalyptic connotations with the COVID-19 Pandemic raging at the same time, it was renamed to Infinity Zone.

    Theatre 

  • After a performer in Cirque du Soleil's died from a fall during the late show on June 29, 2013, the show went on hiatus until July 16 as the company and authorities began investigating the disaster. Beyond the logistical reasons for the hiatus, much of the show's Spectacle involves characters falling, sometimes to their doom, so going on with it in the immediate wake of the company's first onstage death would come off as poor taste. When the show reopened, the Battlefield sequence that the death occurred in was gone — even though it was the climax. Luckily the scene preceding it was The Centerpiece Spectacular and worked as a substitute; the original climax was finally reinstated in late 2014. This event was also the likely reason that the premiere and afterparty of a sister production in Las Vegas, Michael Jackson ONE, was not chatted up at Cirque's official website, YouTube channel, Facebook pages, etc. after the buildup to its launch: As it happened, the KA accident took place the same night, during the new show's afterparty.
  • Anything Goes originally had a subplot in the first act that involved a fake bomb scare. This was written out after the SS Morro Castle caught fire, though this was not the only part of the book Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse had to rewrite. note 
  • Some of Gary Coleman's lines in Avenue Q, specifically one about how he's already achieved his purpose and how everything since is just a "slow, tiresome walk to the grave", were cut following the real Coleman's death.
  • For the 2016 Tony Awards, Hamilton performed the song "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)," which takes place during the final battle of the Revolutionary War. In response to the Pulse nightclub shooting that had occurred less than 24 hours earlier, however, musket props were removed from the performance.
  • For a few weeks after the Parkland shooting, Jared's line in Dear Evan Hansen that describes a classmate's haircut was changed from “school shooter chic” to “troubled teen chic”.
  • After the death of Thomas Monson, post-January 2018 showings of The Book of Mormon replace the line "I believe that the current President of the Church Thomas Monson speaks directly to God" in the song "I Believe" with either "I believe that the former President of the Church Thomas Monson spoke directly to God" (in the touring version) or "I believe that the current President of the Church Russell Nelson speaks directly to God". (in the Broadway version)
  • The 2019 Chicago pre-Broadway tryout of the Michael Jackson Jukebox Musical Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough was supposedly scrapped due to an Actors' Equity strike, but given the announcement of the cancellation came in the wake of the Sundance premiere of the documentary Leaving Neverland — which went into gruesome detail about alleged child sexual abuse committed by the singer — many people suspected it was really this trope in action. The show instead intends to go straight to Broadway, though MJ — The Musical has since been delayed by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • The touring production of the 2018-2020 Hello, Dolly! tour changed a lyric in "I Put My Hand In" from "My aplomb at cosmetic art / Turned a frump to a trump lady fair" to "My aplomb at cosmetic art / Turned a frump to a great lady fair" to avoid association with the controversial then-president Donald Trump.
  • Due to the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's presidential administration, many productions of In the Heights replaced his name in the lyrics of "96,000" ("Donald Trump and I on the links and he's my caddy!") with other figures, most commonly Tiger Woods. Lin-Manuel Miranda carried this change over to the 2021 film adaptation.

    Theme Parks 
  • At the Disney Theme Parks:
    • The original plan for the former Superstar Limo attraction at Disney's California Adventure had it being a thrill ride that involved the guests trying to escape from paparazzi in high-speed pursuit. The idea was scrapped completely in light of Princess Diana's death in a car crash — while she was trying to get away from paparazzi. The results were disastrous.
    • After a toddler was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon and killed by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on June 14, 2016, many changes were made:
      • Disney asked its cast members not to say the iconic one-liner "Watch your children, or the crocodiles will!" (or any jokes about the gators and crocodiles) in the Jungle Cruise attraction anymore.
      • The incident also caused Louis to be written out of the Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire show, which debuted just three days later.
      • Additionally, the Tick-Tock float in the Festival of Fantasy parade and the crocodile animatronics in Living with the Land were both temporarily removed in direct response to the incident.
      • Press junkets for the re-opening of Epcot's popular attraction Soarin' as well as the park's new Frozen Ever After ride were also cancelled, due to both this and the Orlando nightclub shooting that had occurred just days before the alligator attack leaving no one in a particularly celebratory mood. None of this stopped the latter ride from being a huge hit from the get-go.
      • As mentioned above under Live-Action TV, most of the media coverage Disney planned for the opening of Shanghai Disneyland Resort in China ended up postponed thanks to these incidents, although the grand opening ceremony special aired on The Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior as scheduled.
      • In the Disney Junior Live On Stage! show's Jake And The Neverland Pirates segment, the audience had to make alligator noises to scare Captain Hook. After the incident, the audience now claps to scare him.
  • At Universal Studios:
    • Men in Black: Alien Attack was originally going to feature the "Tiffany" schoolgirl cutout from the first movie in the attraction's opening training scene for riders to shoot at; but after the Columbine massacre had occurred, it was decided that this would be in extremely poor taste.
    • When Universal Studios Florida was in its early planning stages back in 1982, concepts were drawn up for an elaborate nighttime lagoon show that would've featured an explosive finale where a plane would crash right into the water. This idea wound up being abandoned following the devastating helicopter incident that occurred during production of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
    • When Fast & Furious: Supercharged opened at Universal Studios Hollywood, Agent Novak's dialogue towards Roman Pierce was more aggressive, with Novak telling Roman to "get down on the ground" while holding him at gunpoint. Novak's dialogue was later softened to have him just say "Don't move" to Roman, in response to the many police brutality controversies occurring around the nation at the time.
    • In response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting, Universal postponed its initial grand opening date and press junket for the Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction until July 13th.
    • The nightclub shooting also led to Universal delaying the release of any new announcements they had concerning Halloween Horror Nights until the next month, as well as cancelling plans for a scarezone based on The Purge: Election Year.
    • Twister...Ride it Out was slated to open in March 1998, but ended up being pushed back several months out of respect, because in the February of that same year there had been an outbreak of tornadoes in Central Florida that claimed 42 lives and injured 260 others, the deadliest outbreak in Florida history.
    • During construction of Universal Studios Japan, Universal opted to duplicate the Backdraft attraction instead of Earthquake: The Big One, as they feared that Japanese audiences would be uncomfortable with the attraction, considering how Japan has been home to many devastating earthquakes.
    • For the versions of Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time that were at the Florida and Hollywood parks, Sarah Connor would show the audience various clips from the Terminator 2 movie in the pre-show, one of those clips being Sarah's nightmare of the nuclear destruction of Los Angeles. When the show was brought over to Universal Studios Japan, the Los Angeles clips were omitted, so as to not remind Japanese guests of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    • The 2002 theme of Halloween Horror Nights was initially going to revolve around an evil undead girl known as "Cindy", but it was scrapped due to there being a string of child murders in the area at the time. The event's theme for that year was changed to revolve around "The Caretaker", who was Cindy's father in the original backstory.
    • After a scareactor was crushed by a tram on the first Halloween event (then called Fright Nights) at Universal Hollywood in 1986, Universal put its Halloween celebration on hold until 1992.

    Visual Novels 
  • This happened to Open Heart in Spring 2020. Because the story is a Medical Drama with mature themes that would be considered insensitive with the real life events that were taking place around the same time (the Coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement), Pixelberry decided to put the book on hiatus until September and rewrite some of the material so that the story wouldn't feel so untimely. The events of the first two chapters released after the hiatus, which include people being quarantined after contracting an illness with seemingly no cure and a person of colour nearly dying after an attack instigated by a white man proved that Pixelberry made the right choice by putting the book on hiatus.
  • Following a case of a 17-year old girl killing and dismembering an 8-year old girl in South Korea, who later was revealed to have been a regular participant of roleplaying communities, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony ended up being banned in said country, after she was thought to have copied the game, despite not specifically participating in Danganronpa roleplaying.

    Webcomics 
  • The Platypus Comix story "Vess MacMeal Starring in: The More You Know!", which has a Ludd Was Right ending, experienced a two-week delay. Otherwise, it would have appeared a few days after Steve Jobs' death.
  • The creator of Megatokyo had been working on a separate, unreleased comic called "Warmth" for several years. But then the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan destroyed much of Sendai, the comic's intended setting. At this point, it's indefinitely in Development Hell, and may never be released in its original form, or at all.

    Web Original 
  • The lonelygirl15 episode "Bree's Mom" was originally supposed to be entitled "Girl, Abducted", but was hastily retitled to avoid offending the fan community, after the vanishing and death of Nadia Kajouji, a friend of a prominent fan of the show.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • This affected the Nostalgia Critic's 200th review for Ponyo, in which he tries really hard to avoid making jokes about Japan being hit by tsunamis less than a year after it happened in real life and even expresses annoyance at one point when he realizes that he had been provoked into almost cracking such a joke.
    One Ponyo character: Hey, that is quite a boat you've got there.
    Another Ponyo character: I've seen you before. You're Lisa's little boy, aren't you?
    Nostalgia Critic: Boy, they sure are chipper for everything they've ever known suddenly being lost. In fact, a lot of people in this movie treat it like an inconvenience, like the power went out and it will just be on in a second. They don't act like they just lost their house and home. But hey, I'm sure that's a reaction a lot of people would have when they went through... dammit, you almost made me make a joke about it!
    • He also delayed his review of The Good Son after Macaulay Culkin's sister died.
    • After Michael Jackson's death, Doug and Rob released a commentary for their review of Moonwalker, explaining they'd had a brief discussion about whether or not to remove it from the site after his death. They had decided to keep it up, feeling they never went too far with the jokes.
  • Cracked.com's list of "The 5 Major Cities Most Likely to Be Spectacularly Destroyed", putting a few possible natural disasters (volcanoes in Italy, mudslides in Seattle, earthquakes in San Francisco and basically everything in Wellington) came out the same day of a tragedy. They took it down in respect temporarily (and banned all the users who complained). It was put back up the following day with the title of the article changed to "5 Major Cities Most Likely to Be Wiped Away by Natural Disasters".
  • In light of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 Film Brain delayed his 2012 Bad Movie Beatdown review from its intended March release, removed a couple of lines which he felt were callous and put up a disclaimer at the front of the review when it was released in May.
  • On What the Fuck Is Wrong with You?, Nash covered a news story involving extraordinary Jerkassery, it was accompanied by a Douchequake. This was temporarily retired after the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan.
  • Yahtzee's Zero Punctuation review of Yakuza 4 also coincided with the aforementioned earthquake and tsunami, prompting this to appear onscreen.
    The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan was an unqualified tragedy, and Yahtzee offers his deepest sympathies to a country that has long held his admiration and respect. This Statement was given to karmically balance out the following one.
    Yahtzee: Boy the Japanese are into some weird shit, aren't they?
  • A line was changed in RWBY Chibi where Sun Wukong, playing as a "Junior Detective" along with Neptune, yells out as Jaune is attempting to get his library card. In the original Tugg viewing, he shouted "HE'S REACHING!", but the public version has him shouting "WATCH OUT!", most likely due to a string of police-related shootings, especially one in Dallas.
  • Bob Chipman, who has (among other projects) a series called Really That Good about dissecting great movies to see why they work, was planning on doing a special Really That Bad episode on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but put it on hold after the suicide of Zack Snyder's daughter and his resulting departure from the reshoots on Justice League (2017). While he still intends to do the episode, as he especially hated that film and saw it as a portent of all the problems he had with the DC Extended Universe and with modern Hollywood moviemaking in general, he felt that the analytical approach to directors and writers that he does in Really That Good, which he'd have to apply to Snyder here, would've just felt like kicking the man while he was down had he released it as planned. As such, he delayed the episode in order to put some distance between its release and Snyder's personal tragedy, a decision that he felt was vindicated when his own father died in the course of making the episode. It also afforded him more time to work on it.
  • Epic Rap Battles of History: Due to the unstable political climate in the United States, Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd decided to omit the "Hitler vs. Vader Trilogy" from their touring repertoire.
  • Originally, the SML Movie "Bowser Junior's 10th Birthday!" had a scene where the titular character receives Nickelodeon Kart Racers from his friend Cody and refuses to accept the present, aiming a blowtorch at the face of SpongeBob SquarePants. But because of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg from heart failure caused by ALS before the video was uploaded, the scene was removed from the final video.
  • Rapeman, a translator known for his very off-color scanlation bonus pages, released a chapter of Himenospia with a Remix Comic showing a character telling the audience to subscribe to PewDiePie. He got a warning from Mangadex about it (the phrase was used during the Christchurch mosque shootings), but it was let through since the chapter was released the same day and so may have been poorly timed. Two days later, another remix comic had a much more explicit reference (getting into a taxi with an assault rifle, asking the driver to take her to the nearest mosque, playing the same music in the video), and after asking him to remove only the remix from the release several times, the chapter was taken down.
  • Following the George Floyd murder and the subsequent resurrection of the Black Lives Matter movement that encouraged many nonblack content creators to listen more urgently to black issues, Musical Hell removed her reviews of The Wiz and The King and I. She explained that black viewers had informed her on how important ''The Wiz'' was for its representation and Christi believed she was not qualified to talk about the movie as a white woman, and she removed The King and I review due to jokes mangling Prince Chulalongkorn's name, which she belived was hurtful to Thai people. She later reinstated "The Wiz" review, deciding that her review was only her opinion and was not meant to dissuade people from liking the film.
  • A Twitter account dedicated to cataloguing Beanie Babies decided to no longer post Beanies themed around American patriotism following the murder of George Floyd and increased tension surrounding the American justice system.
  • After Craig "Mini Ladd" Thompson, a former and frequent collaborators of Vanoss and his crew, admitted of sending inappropriate messages to underage fans in June 2020, various members of the group began distancing themselves from him. Furthermore, his editor Ty Widdas removed his mention of Mini Ladd from his Twitter bio, and had confirmed that he no longer works for him, his first single on his music channel was shelved, his subreddit and Discord server were permanently locked, he has lost all, present and future, deals and sponsorships, his Twitch account was indefinitely banned in February 2021, and he went through a large loss of subscribers on his developing YouTube channels.
  • Twitch removed the PogChamp emote from chats in January 2021 after Gootecks (the face behind the emote) posted controversial tweets about the death of a woman involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Twitch having viewed his tweets as encouraging more violence in response to her death. The PogChamp emote was replaced with a daily rotation of emotes featuring other faces making the same expression, then was permanently replaced with the KomodoHype emote.
  • Jaiden Animations removed the Minecraft video she did with CallMeCarson after the latter was accused of inappropriate behavior with underage fans.
  • Several Game Grumps videos featuring racist humor and slurs were removed in the summer of 2020 following the George Floyd protests, with Arin issuing an apology for making such jokes in the past. There was also no Game Grumps video uploaded on June 2, 2020 in order to observe "Blackout Tuesday," a day where artists would cease posting content and instead use their platform to boost the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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  • The Onion:
  • After the Virginia Tech shooting, many colleges cracked down on the game Humans vs. Zombies for this reason, either banning it outright or banning the use of Nerf guns. Even today, several years later, some schools are still squeamish about the game.
  • The British Sunday papers were caught badly on the wrong foot about reporting the death of Princess Diana, because it occurred very late on a Saturday night. The most the tabloids could do was to replace their original front pages hastily with respectful coverage of what was known about the tragedy. The inside pages, including opinion pieces written earlier in the week, reflected the previous orthodoxy about Diana: that she was a dumb blonde who intended to bring down the Royal Family with the maximum embarrassment and was most likely going to present them with a half-Arab sibling for William and Harry. The complaints caused much embarrassment among hacks, but the Stalinist revision made by the papers after her death was probably the most noteworthy thing.
  • One of Mardi Gras events of Alabama, Order of Isis was retitled for 2015, obviously due to the rise in fame of the terrorist group of the same name.
  • The blockbuster comedy album The First Family and its sequel were yanked from shelves after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The producers even destroyed all the unsold copies, as they didn't want to be seen as "cashing in" on such a horrific tragedy. Because of this, original copies of the sequel are now highly valued collector's items.
  • British retailer Marks & Spencer renamed their Isis perfume into Aqua, for obvious reasons.
  • On February 14, 2018, around the same time as the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, FL was taking place, the NRA posted a tweet for Valentine's Day saying "Buy your loved one a gun". The tweet was soon deleted in response to the tragedy.
  • In 2002, German consumer engineering conglomerate Siemens - Bosch proposed to revive a tradename which had not been used in Germany for over fifty years and which had fallen from use with nobody hurrying to pick it up. They proposed to use the trademark Zyklon (Cyclone) for a range of consumer goods covering kitchen and domestic appliances - including their latest model Zyklon gas oven. They had to be reminded about the previous associations of the name - the Zyklon-B poison gas used in death camps by the Nazis - and were asked if attaching the name to a gas oven was all that inspired as a marketing strategy.
  • LEGO:
    • A Lego Architecture set depicting Las Vegas went unreleased as it featured the Mandalay Bay hotel, due to the 2017 Vegas shooting as the shooter fired from inside the hotel, and was replaced by a similar set that swapped Mandalay Bay for the Bellagio.
    • Lego asked stores to remove any marketing for Lego products that feature police, as well as a donut shop and the White House, after protests erupted in 2020 over the killing of George Floyd.
  • The initial release of MacPaint for the original Macintosh had to change the Aids menu seen in prerelease builds to Goodies as a result of the then ongoing HIV epidemic.
  • The Twitter account for the Duke Center for Firearms Law tweets out a historical gun law every day, scheduled months in advance. For Christmas Day in 2020, the Center's chosen law for the day was an exemption on firing guns and fireworks on Christmas in Nashville, Tennessee. However, just hours before the tweet was published, a bomb went off in Downtown Nashville, and many saw the tweet in poor taste. Soon afterwards, The Center deleted the tweet.

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