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Venezuelan TV channel may be fined over 'The Simpsons'
From Associated Press
April 16, 2008 2:40 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela - Regulators first kicked "The Simpsons" off Venezuela's daytime airwaves. Now they're threatening to punish the station that showed it during a time slot approved for children.

The National Telecommunications Commission said Tuesday night that the channel Televen could face a fine, be taken off the air for three days or be forced to show programs chosen by the agency in place of regular programming.

The channel yanked the animated series off the air earlier this month after the regulatory agency said showing it each day at 11 a.m. - a time slot approved for all viewers - violated regulations to protect children.

Broadcast in its place was "Baywatch Hawaii," featuring scantily clad lifeguards - a program the channel says has not drawn complaints.

Commission Director Elda Rodriguez said in a statement that the agency had urged Televen in January not to show "The Simpsons" at that time, but the channel did not comply.

Rodriguez complained of "inappropriate language" and scenes "that can influence the behavior and education of boys, girls and adolescents."

Spokeswoman Elba Guillen said Wednesday that Televen is waiting for more information from the agency. She said the channel will keep "The Simpsons" off the air while the case is being considered.
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Ahh, the scantily clad babes of Baywatch never get complaints in S. America. Nor do they in N. America. But the Simpsons? Maybe they should feature more episodes with Marge in a bikini.
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Didn't something similar happen with Brazil a long time ago? Or was that a result of the show making fun of Brazil?
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It's Venezuela, land of the perpetually offended.


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In Brazil there was only a complaint from members of Rio de Janeiro government because of the episode "Blame It on Lisa" making fun of Rio.

By the way.. The Simpsons is back to air on Venezuela but now during the afternoon.

Now the trouble is....

The Simpsons upset Argentina

The Simpsons are causing controversy in Argentina with a new episode that has touched on some raw nerves.

The trouble has been caused by a scene in which Homer and his friends are grumbling about their choices of political candidates.

The conversation seemed innocent enough, until Homer's buddy Carl Carlson opened his mouth, reports the Washington Post.

"I'd really go for some kind of military dictator, like Juan Perón," Carl said. "When he 'disappeared' you, you stayed disappeared."

Carl's friend Lenny then delivered the coup de grace: "Plus, his wife was Madonna."

Most Argentines don't consider Peron a dictator, and the disappearance of 30,000 dissidents is blamed on the military dictatorship that ruled from 1976 to 1983, after Peron's death.

"This type of programme causes great harm, because the disappearances are still an open wound here," said former congressman Lorenzo Pepe, who now heads the Juan Domingo Perón Institute. "This is highly offensive to Argentines."

The reference to Madonna also riled Peronistas. Peron's second wife, Eva, is so beloved here that her supporters launched protests after the pop star was cast to portray her in the 1996 movie Evita.

"The part about Madonna - that was too much," Pepe said.

The show hasn't even aired yet in Argentina but The Simpsons are hugely popular in South America and thousands watch it on YouTube.

The latest row comes after Venezuela decided the show was unsuitable for children - and replaced it on air with Hawaii Babewatch.
Source: Ananova

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Hang in there Venezuela! Help is on the way!

"Get Rich, or Die Drawing!"

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