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FX’s Archer Changes Name of Spy Agency Because It’s Called ISIS

Out of all the organizations named ISIS that had to rename themselves due to the rise of the similarly-named terrorist group, this one has to hurt the hardest: the creators of the animated comedy series Archer announced this weekend that they were dropping ISIS as the name of the show’s spy agency.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, the show’s creators called it “the most awful thing,” and admitted that they hoped they wouldn’t have had to do it. “We were waiting for it to go away—at least I was,” creator Adam Reed said. “Back in Season 5, FX said, ‘This might be a thing,’ and I thought, ‘Maybe it won’t be? Maybe it’ll be the mole that I’m gonna ignore and nothing will happen.’ We got sort of lucky and could organically make a merger with the CIA, so we went back and retroactively painted out the ISIS logos in parts of the show, and we just don’t talk about it in dialogue.”

To explain the sudden shift, Reed added in a small scene in which spymaster Malory Archer explains to her asshole son Sterling that ISIS has been taken over by the CIA, while two workers quietly wheel out the ISIS logo in the background. “In our universe, they don’t exist,” executive producer Matt Thompson said, explaining why they didn’t directly address the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (Also, the show is ostensibly set in the late 60’s, early 70’s, or some time that is not actually discernible.)

That part was easy — but now there’s a pile of ISIS-branded Archer merchandise to deal with:

“I gave my Dad one of the ISIS hats and he said, ‘You know son, I’m not going to be able to wear the hat anymore,’” said Reed is his genial southern accent. “I’m gettin’ looks at the hardware store.’”

He adds, “I was at a meeting with the FX execs and I said, ‘You know, with all this extra ISIS merchandise, you should just make the bad guys buy it.’ Dead silence. And then they said, ‘We have a lot of ISIS merchandise.’ So I guess that’s all going to a landfill somewhere.”

God, that hurts a fellow right in the America.

[The Daily Beast]
[Image via FX]

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