Simpson Episodes Banned in Light of Japan Nuclear Disaster

As reported by The Gazette, The Miami Herald, and the Bellingham Herald, TV networks in Austria, Australia, Switzerland, and Canada pull/ban episodes that deal with a nuclear theme in the cartoon “The Simpsons” in light of the recent nuclear disaster in Japan.

Longtime showrunner and writer Al Jean reports, the last thing he wants to do is “make light of a real-world tragedy.” More green-minded fans of the show have configured that it would have been preferable for the nuclear industry respond to the satire in “The Simpsons” rather than the latter respond to an incident caused by the former. The article ends with:

No one wants to make light of what is happening in Japan, but it’s remarkable how, time after time, The Simpsons seems to not only imitate life but, in some cases, forecasts it.

We agree with the tragedy in Japan, no jokes are acceptable in any case – but we’re smelling bullshit in “The Simpsons” predicting the nuclear disaster in Japan (or anywhere for that matter),  which, in turn, was caused by a natural disaster, i.e. an earthquake/tsunami.

Nevertheless, what do you think of this issue? Do you believe/think that the U.S. should/will follow suit? Tell us in the comment section above.


1 Response to “Simpson Episodes Banned in Light of Japan Nuclear Disaster”

  1. 1 Andrew
    April 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    If Fox doesn’t want to rerun the nuclear accident episodes in syndication, and if the staff don’t want to make any more meltdown episodes in the future, that’s their decision, like with the absence of “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson” in syndication. But I hope they don’t let it affect future stories, and I certainly hope they don’t pull those episodes from future DVD releases. Pretending those episodes just didn’t happen is like the old impulse of erasing the World Trade Center from pre-2001 movies. And if they suddenly have Homer working in a generic white-collar office, and/or if they pull “Thirty Minutes over Tokyo” (which mentions Godzilla and other mutant monsters), then I may stop watching.

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