American Dad aired its Christmas episode “Minstrel Krampus” on Sunday after postponing the episode for a year due to the Newtown shootings.

Minstrel Krampus Was Cancelled Due To Sandy Hook Shootings

After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In December of 2012, FOX pulled Family Guy and American Dad Christmas episodes, which both supposedly featured somewhat violent content, out of respect for the grieving families. This is not the first time the satirical, controversial animated series has been pulled from scheduling due to current events, and it most likely will not be the last. In April 2011, new, hurricane-themed episodes of Family Guy and American Dad were cancelled after tornadoes caused destruction in the South earlier that month.

The American Dad episode in question, “Minstrel Krampus,” was postponed until 2013, and aired Sunday, Dec. 15.

The episode focuses on Steve as he infuriates Stan and Francine and, finally, ends up kidnapped by the Christmas demon, Krampus and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Krampus, the demon, is a sinister character who forcefully punishes children, and the episode culminates with a bloody battle between Stanta and Krampus. The episode was pulled, not because it mirrored the events of Sandy Hook, but because it thematically associated punishing children with the visual of blood.

American Dad wasn’t the only entertainment event that was postponed or canceled due to the tragic events of Sandy Hook. The L.A. premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated Django Unchained was cancelled in the aftermath, as was the premiere of the Tom Cruise action film, Jack Reacher.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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