Friday, March 25, 2011


Interesting news from The Hollywood Reporter.

German Television has put a moratorium on meltdowns in The Simpsons.
Reacting to the real-life nuclear disaster unfolding in Japan, Pro7, the channel that airs The Simpsons in Germany, will be screening current and future episodes of the show and remove or replace any that feature a disaster at Mr. Burns' nuclear power plant. Berlin's Tagesspiegel newspaper reports that networks in Austria and Switzerland have followed suit.
Austria's ORF has already pulled two episodes set to broadcast:  Episode 66, Marge Gets a Job, which features scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie dying of radiation poisoning; and Episode 346, On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister, in which characters joke about a nuclear meltdown. Tagesspeigel says ORF has held back eight Simpsons episodes until the end of April, when it will review its Springfield disaster policy.

This is a normal reaction to current world events. In normal times making jokes about nuclear meltodwns, bumbling nuclear safety inspectors, poor plat design would be funny. However right now it takes rather different tone.

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