Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today he is banning Fox’s serial killer series, “The Following,” starring Kevin Bacon, stating that it is too violent even for one of the most violent cities in the world. The ban comes on the heels of a recent study conducted by Northwestern University that concluded “The Following,” along with Chicago’s 10 o’clock nightly news, is consistently the most violent two hours on television.
“I have strong suspicions that the incredibly high homicide rate in Chicago is the direct result of our local criminals trying to outdo the body count on ‘The Following,’” Mayor Emanuel told Hollywood & Swine. “I may not be able to keep violence off our streets, but at least I can keep it off our televisions.”
Emanuel even criticized Kevin Bacon’s character FBI agent Ryan Hardy for negatively influencing Chicago’s police department.
“Just like Ryan Hardy, our officers never seem to figure out someone is going to die until it’s too late,” Emanuel said. “Plus they’re constantly letting killers escape each week, just like Kevin Bacon’s character.”
However, Mayor Emanuel will continue to allow his citizens to play the Chicago version of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” where the goal is connect a recent homicide victim to Kevin Bacon within six people.
Mayor Emanuel is confident his ban on “The Following,” will be as successful as last week’s ban on the Dwayne Johnson action film, “Snitch,” which wasn’t allowed in theaters, due to Chicago’s hatred of snitches, another major contributor to the city’s homicide epidemic. Mayor Emanuel’s approval ratings hit an all-time high last fall after he banned the Fox comedy “Ben & Kate,” on the grounds of it being too unfunny to be shown in Chicago.
Upon hearing about the ban of his series “The Following,” star Kevin Bacon admitted he is relieved that he’ll no longer have to risk his life visiting Chicago to promote his show.
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