I've heard recently that Hollywood movie studios are busy editing their 2001 productions to remove the ill-fated twin towers in New York from scenes filmed before September 11. I've also heard rumours that the episode of the Simpsons where Homer visits New York to collect his stolen car from World Trade Plaza may be dropped completely from the forthcoming DVD series. As a regular visitor to Manhattan, this news is rather disturbing. To remove all traces of the towers from multimedia releases seems to me like an attempt to hide the events of September 11 with the single objective of preventing the viewer from thinking about the attacks and possibly spoiling the enjoyment of the production. Or, looking at it from a different persective, new productions may want to appear current with the new skyline of Manhatten. Whatever the reason, I'd prefer to have the towers there, and I don't think removing them is a positive reaction to recent events. There is no stronger way to remember the people that have been lost and the lives of those affected than by looking at the World Trade Centre as it was, and giving them just a moment of thought. I'm sure other people will agree with me, and also I can see why some will disagree. Some may want to forget about the WTC because they have been affected directly by the attacks, while others may have no opinion about the subject. You may even think that Hollywood can do whatever they want to, because the movies, as fiction, have no direct connection with real life. Eventually, new movies will be produced without the familiar Manhatten landmark. Until then, my personal opinion is that existing footage should be retained.