ABC Edits Spider-Man, Others for Post-9/11 Sensitivity

USA Today reports that Disney-owned ABC Television will be editing popular kids action programming for content relating to terrorist activity. Scenes involving specific imagery and subject matter will be excised from and episodes of shows like Power Rangers and Spider-Man.

In addition, the recently adopted guidelines will ensure that producers of new programs avoid all imagery and dialogue having to do with plane crashes, hijackings, chemical warfare, attacks on cities, bombings, exploding buildings, destruction of national landmarks and people trapped in falling rubble.

Kids’ WB! and Fox are also reportedly taking steps to avoid airing content that may call to mind the Sept. 11 attacks.

The networks, especially ABC, undoubtedly have their work cut out for them since the conflict in Spider-Man and other superhero franchises has always involved the destructive plans of evil villains.