Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyans from all walks of
life have reacted with fury over insensitive use of a footage on
the Westgate mall terrorist attack by producers of America’s Fox
TV show dubbed 24 legacy.
The producers of the Fox TV’s spy
thriller picked footage of the terrorist attack on the upscale
Westgate mall and deceived viewers the attack occurred in Egypt
where 200 people including 18 Americans died.
Many Kenyans who watched the fictional
episode were appalled by the footage that revived memories of
the September 2013 terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab militants on
Westgate mall where 67 people died.
By Wednesday afternoon, Kenyans were
unrelenting in their criticism of Fox producers for capitalizing
on their nation’s tragic past for monetary gain.
A hashtag by the name Someone TellFox
was trending the better part of Wednesday to denounce
insensitive use of the Westgate terrorist attack footage by Fox
Kenyans threw a barrage of criticism
on the leading American TV station even as producers of Fox Spy
thriller apologized for their actions.
The irate Kenyans were not convinced
by Fox Producers’ belated apology and slammed them for profiting
on the plight of terror victims.
Charles Murage, a Nairobi based events
planner decried insensitive depiction of tragedies in Kenya and
other parts of Africa by leading American media firms.
“The Fox TV show that wrongly inserted
the gory images of frightened terror victims inside Westgate
mall only confirmed old prejudices of western media when it
comes to highlighting Africa’s issues,” said Murage.
Kenyans’ beef with American media
firms escalated in July 2015 when CNN described the east African
nation a “hotbed of terror” ahead of former President Barrack
Obama’s maiden visit.
The high octane criticism of CNN for
its negative portray of East Africa’s largest economy drew
condemnation from senior government officials and ordinary
The episode forced senior CNN
executives to perform a damage control by flying to Kenya to
issue a fervent apology.
Murage and a huge multitude of Kenyans
who were offended by Fox’s spy thriller said American media’s
credibility was at stake thanks to their inaccurate portray of
the country and the region.
“It is reckless and inappropriate for
producers of a TV show that commands large viewership to use
a tragic episode in this country to deceive the world,”
Other Kenyans were unrestrained in
their criticism of Fox TV for its blatant violation of basic
decency to run an episode that reminded them of a dark past.
“Our tragedy is not a script for your
movies,” a Kenyan named Sleek commented on Someone TellFox
Hashtag that was trending the whole of Wednesday
Experts who spoke to Xinhua were
categorical that Western Media must salvage its dented image in
Kenya by highlighting objective, well researched and culturally
Steve Ndegwa, a Nairobi based media
analyst said the producers of Fox TV show should have done
adequate research to avoid the missteps that earned them the
wrath of Kenyan viewers.
“Misrepresentation of facts that is
rampant in western media has often made us believe they are
racist. The producers of Fox TV show should have done their
research well to avoid the latest mishap,” said Ndegwa.
He added that objective reporting by
foreign media entities is key to minimizing antagonism with the
audience in their host country.