Seven Pop Cultural References to 9/11

VIDEO: Lara Spencer speaks with woman who rebuilt her life after the events of 9/11.
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Sept. 11, 2001, altered the landscape for millions of Americans, including those in Hollywood. So it should surprise no one that the terror attacks and their aftermath have generated a decade's worth of movie and TV programming, not to mention fodder for 9/11-inspired music, handbags, T-shirts and jewelry.

Here's a list of seven places 9/11 has turned up in pop culture, with more likely to come in the next 10 years, tastefully or otherwise.

Pop Cultural References to 9/11

PHOTO: Denis Leary stars in "Rescue Me".
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Denis Leary stars in "Rescue Me."
'Rescue Me'

The FX TV drama (starring Denis Leary) tells the story of a New York firefighter coping with the loss of many of his comrades. It's "the most enduring and often penetrating look at life post-11," the Associated Press wrote of a show that's in its final season after its premiere in 2004.

Pop Cultural References to 9/11

PHOTO: The Remember Bag is available for sale by Jen Mascali.
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The Remember Bag is available for sale by Jen Mascali.
'Remember' Handbag

If anyone has license to sell a "Remember Bag" to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it's probably handbag designer Jen Mascali, whose father, New York firefighter Joseph Mascali, was among the dead. Proceeds will be donated to the 9/11 Memorial Fund.

Pop Cultural References to 9/11

'United 93'

The 2006 film "United 93" re-created as much as possible the events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked on 9/11 and then crashed near Shanksville, Pa., after some of the passengers tried to gain control. The U.S. gross was $31.4 million, some of which went toward the creation of a memorial.

Pop Cultural References to 9/11

'Where Is the Love?'

Terrorism is among the subjects of this Black Eyed Peas song that was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2004. Rapper Will.i.am, MTV Networks reported on its website in 2004, had some 9/11-related thoughts inside him for a few months that spilled out in the verse, "Overseas we tryin' to stop terrorism/But we still got terrorists here livin'/In the U.S.A., the big CIA, the Bloods and the Crips and the KKK/But if you only have love for your own race/Then you only leave space to discriminate."

Pop Cultural References to 9/11

PHOTO: Nick News with Linda Ellerbee will give kids their own forum to talk about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, address some of their misconceptions and answer their questions, in ?What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001,?
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"Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" will give kids their own forum to talk about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, address some of their misconceptions and answer their questions in "What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001."
'What Happened?'

Ten years is more than a lifetime when you're 11 or 12, so Nickelodeon will host a 9/11 open-forum special for kids who have no firsthand recollection of what happened that fateful day. "What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001" will also include those who were children at the time of the attacks.

Pop Cultural References to 9/11

PHOTO: The Fringe team returns in Fringe Season Three.
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The "Fringe" team returns for another season.
'Fringe'

Now you see them, now you don't. The Fox sci-fi series "Fringe" shows the still-standing World Trade Center towers in an alternate universe, but they're nowhere to be found on the other side. The series will begin its fourth season next month.

Pop Cultural References to 9/11

'American Idiot'

Billie Joe Armstrong of the punk rock band Green Day said the 2004 hit song, "American Idiot," which led to a Broadway musical based on the album of the same name, was inspired by 9/11, NBC News reported.

"I remember seeing those planes smashing into the World Trade Center live. Right there," Armstrong said during an appearance on the Broadway stage last year. "I don't think we ever really, as a society, we had never seen anything that implicit. It was just chaos. I was so confused. I felt paralyzed. So the song 'American Idiot' was the first thing that came to mind."

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