Paramount Network Pulls Heathers Episodes Following Pittsburgh Shooting
The Paramount Network has been forced to once again pull episodes of their 'Heathers' series after the latest deadly shooting in the United States.
The series has faced ongoing troubles in light of the United States' culture of increasingly common gun violence and has been routinely delayed, shelved and yanked.
Following the shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, the network pulled two episodes that included a school shooting storyline.
The series is based on the 1988 film by the same name and is a modern-day adaptation that overhauls the high school popularity hierarchy by putting the outcasts at the top of the food chain.
Starring Maisie de Krassel as Veronica Sawyer, a self-described good person with questionable morals, the series is named after her school's most popular clique the Heathers which is made up of Heather Chandler, Heather Duke and Heather McNamara.
The dark comedy features themes of bullying, gun violence, suicide and murder.
Earlier this year the series was set to premiere but was delayed in light of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February. Then, just a few months later, Paramount Network announced the show had been dropped after the Santa Fe High School shooting in May.
The series was able to find international distribution and last month Aussie streaming service Stan picked up the local rights, adding all ten episodes.
Eventually, the Paramount Network decided to release the series in a marathon event this week, after reportedly overhauling episodes to remove any more controversial images. The cuts saw the US version of the series go from ten to nine episodes in total.
Many in the US have called for overhauls to gun control laws following the frequency of deadly mass shootings, but no changes have been made in recent months.
President Donald Trump called the Pittsburgh shooting an "act of pure evil" but also claimed it had "little" to do with gun laws, instead, he claimed that the victims inside the synagogue should have been armed for their own protection.
Thankfully, a TV show has been through rigorous changes so as not to offend or appear to make light of a situation that apparently could be best solved by adding more weapons.
While the two episodes were pulled from broadcast, they are still available to watch digitally.
Featured image: Paramount Network.