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Episodes of US comedy series Family Guy and American Dad were dropped on Sunday in the wake of Friday's shootings in a Connecticut school, which left 26 dead.

Fox TV instead showed repeats of the shows to avoid broadcasting any potentially sensitive content.

The billed Family Guy episode had featured a retelling of the nativity while in American Dad, a demon punished naughty children at Christmas.

Meanwhile, director Quentin Tarantino has defended violence in movies.

Tarantino's latest film, spaghetti western Django Unchained, features graphic violence, including buckets of blood exploding from characters as they are shot.

He said at a press junket in New York for the film on Saturday that he was tired of defending his films each time the US is shocked by gun violence.

"I just think you know there's violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers," he said, adding: "It's a western. Give me a break."

Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino's credits include True Romance, Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds

Django Unchained is nominated for five Golden Globes at next year's awards.

The Oscar-nominated director, whose work includes Inglourious Basterds and the Palme d'Or winning Pulp Fiction, said blame for violence should fall on those guilty of the crimes.

But lead actor, Jamie Foxx, said he believes big-screen violence can influence people.

Foxx said: "We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn't have a sort of influence. It does."

Foxx stars as the protagonist of Django Unchained, a slave living in the Deep South who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Actor Christoph Waltz, who is also in the film, said he thought films did not provoke violence.

"The media's responsibility is greater than the story teller is because... Django is violent, but it's not inspiring violence.

"Because actually to me I find violence... to that degree repulsive. The fact that it looks so impressive is because it's on a big screen."

He added that violence was part of the film because it tells the story of American history.

Tom Cruise on the red carpet Several Jack Reacher premieres have already taken place in Europe

Kerry Washington, who plays Django's wife Broomhilda, said she believes the film's explicit brutality serves an important purpose in educating audiences about the atrocities of slavery.

"I do think that it's important when we have the opportunity to talk about violence and not just kind of have it as entertainment, but connect it to the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills," she said.

On Saturday, premieres in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles for Tom Cruise's new action film Reacher and Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance were postponed in light of the shootings.

Paramount Pictures said the decision for Jack Reacher was made "out of honour and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken". The film opens with a sniper shooting several people dead.

Fox said Parental Guidance was postponed "in light of the horrific tragedy".

"The hearts of all involved with this film go out to the victims, their families, their community, and our entire nation in mourning."

Fox also confirmed that a scheduled repeat of The Cleveland Show for Sunday was swapped for a repeat to avoid any potential insensitivities.

Twenty children and six women died in the assault on Sandy Hook school by a lone man who then took his own life.

The gunman has been identified by police as Adam Lanza, 20. He shot dead his mother before driving to the school in her car.


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    Comment number 90.

    Oh the irony. TV/Film companies delay/cancel "inappropriate" screenings in light of a mass shooting....and the rest of the media is gathering around the victims families/communities and filming and photographing the grief....all for the supposed gratification of the "general public" who appear to be demanding all the gory details. You couldn't make it up...

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    Comment number 89.

    Here we go again....dangerous phychopath steals legally owned handguns and kills innocent people...and out trots the usual suspects, violent films/video games etc...whatever happened to personal responsibility...I support the 2nd amendment and its interpretation...have armed guards in schools, i think that would be the most realistic way of stopping this tragedy again.

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    Comment number 88.

    Some recognition of the tendency of idiots to follow what they see in art is long overdue I think. My problem with rules about this is people like Mary Whitehouse. Those people will manipulate those rules for political purposes, trying to stop you showing the horror of pedophilia for example. What excuse can there be for "bucket loads" of blood and exploding heads though?

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    Comment number 87.

    If on-screen violence affected us at all, why aren't my generation hitting each other in the face with fying pans Tom and Jerry style?

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    Comment number 86.

    The same violent films, TV shows and games are enjoyed all over the world. However, disillusioned teens/young adults going on murderous rampages seems to be a largely US phenomenon.

    I'm not saying there aren't isolated incidents in other countries but the number of incidents against population size is far worse in the US.

    Lack of gun control is an obvious issue. I'm sure there are others.

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    Comment number 85.

    @82 because it's not really. it's fantasy. Educationla videos are based on reality. Movies aren't made to influence people, theyre made for pur entertainment purpose.

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    Comment number 84.

    All experiences (TV/games included) affect us, whoever we are - advertisers make billions from that fact. How violence in TV/games affects us is very complex, but it DOES change perceptions/behaviours - it's just the degree that varies, and its effect will depend on individual personalities NOT on education. Yes, violence did exists before TV & video games, but it's more extreme these days.

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    Comment number 83.

    Violent people are influenced by these films etc. But they don't become violent people because they watched a movie the sickness was already there.

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    Comment number 82.

    When we show educational films or videos we expect them to influence people. Why should we have the arrogance to assume that violence in films and videos doesn't influence them? Unlike the films or video games, guns do kill real people and it's about time that we all, especially the Americans, learnt that.

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    Comment number 81.

    This video is excellent, especially the psychologist at the end. However, expecting the media to show any kind of restraint? It'll never happen

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    Comment number 80.

    I love zombie games and movies but ive never taken a bottle of ketchup out with me!!! because im not inclined that way.......they need to sort out the gun laws and second tracking the ones who have a problem in the head!! the answer lies with how easy it is to buy a weapon!!

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    Comment number 79.

    This is ridiculous scapegoating. The continuing massacres in the US are little to do with violent films and everything to do with the availability of high calibre assault weapons that NO-ONE outside of the military or the police have any business owning. If you made such arms as easily available in Europe as in USA you would have many more similar scenes here. We have just as many latent psychos.

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    Comment number 78.

    I watch many genres of film, some have included graphic violence. I have never felt the urge to re-enact any of the violence I have seen. That said, I do think some directors go out of their way to bombard us with bllod and gore just to bump up takings and I find this distasteful. If you give people easy access to guns then if the 'red mist' descends these types of events will happen.

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    Comment number 77.

    Was this article written by a teenager....''including buckets of blood exploding from characters as they are shot''....Really?

    If you had something to say then you lost all credibility at that point.

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    Comment number 76.

    If we agree that some people in our societIES can not tell the difference between fiction and reality, the logic answer would be to educate them.

    Unfortunately, like hooligans invading the football pitch, gangs, rioters etc some parts of society will NOT conform because they get carried away in the heat of the moment.

    Vulnerable people COULD be monitored (HELPED) better, but nothing is 100% safe

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    Comment number 75.

    Yes, of course violent films cause violence. There was never any violence before films came along. Humans were fun loving peaceful creatures until some evil soul invented films... Or it could just be that there are too many of us and that in fact we're pretty nasty as a species and enjoy hurting each other for any pathetic reason... Yes religion, I'm looking in your direction!

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    Comment number 74.

    The right-to-bear-arms is specifically to protect the Americans from being re-conquered by the British. I really don't think they have much to worry about any more, do they?!

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    Comment number 73.

    People who don't like/understand a particular genre of film or game will always seek to villainize them, so it has always been.
    If small sections of society could ban what ever they wanted on the grounds of distaste or offense, then we would have little media left.
    How many people who would like to have Tarantino stop making films would say the same about something like Lady Chatterley's Lover ?

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    Comment number 72.

    I forgot that violence never existed before cinema and video gaming. Before their invension the world lived in peace and harmony.....oh no wait.

    Films and gaming are used as scape goats whenever this kind of tradegy happens. Yet it's ok to show and report actually real life violence on the news and in the papers and no one says a word?

    Its another pathetic excuse to avoid the real problems

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    Comment number 71.

    Is it just me, or is the article just a thinly-veiled advert forTarantino's latest movie?
    No adverts on the BBC, yeah right!


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