December 03, 2012

Turkey Fines TV Station for Airing "Blasphemous" Simpsons Episode


I used to love The Simpsons. Then it stopped being funny. There ought to be a 7 year rule for any comedy. After about seven years, there's just nothing new to say. And given the steep downward slide of what is considered acceptable on TV, there aren't even any new sacred cows left to slaughter. I blame South Park for that one.

But if you can no longer shock an American audience, at least you can go for the Turkish market. Turkish authorities fine Simpsons broadcaster $30.000 for ....:

“One of the characters is abusing another one's religious belief to make him commit murders. The bible is publicly burned in one scene and God and the Devil are shown in human bodies,” the RTÜK report said.

In another scene, God serves coffee to the Devil, which can be considered an insult to religious beliefs, according to the report, which explained the motive behind the fine.
You got to love the much more "moderate" version of Islamic law in countries like Turkey. Hey, at least they didn't kill any one. And that, my friends, is saying something.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:29 PM | Comments |