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The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes

Soulskill posted about 3 years ago | from the ay-caramba dept.

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Hugh Pickens writes "CNN reports that television networks in several European countries are reportedly reviewing episodes of 'The Simpsons' for any 'unsuitable' references to nuclear disaster, with an Austrian network apparently pulling two episodes: 1992's 'Marge Gets a Job' and 2005's 'On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister,' which include jokes about radiation poisoning and nuclear meltdowns. Al Jean, executive producer of the show, says that he can appreciate the concern. 'We have 480 episodes, and if there are a few that they don't want to air for awhile in light of the terrible thing going on, I completely understand that,' says Jean, citing the example of the 1997 episode 'The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson' that was pulled after 9/11 because it included key scenes at the World Trade Center. 'We would never make light of what's happening in Japan.'"

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Homer Simpson, too... (-1)

giuseppemag (1100721) | about 3 years ago | (#35648660)

...believes that ignoring a problem will make it go away.
Seriously, not airing episodes of a satiric cartoon is in no way related to solving any problems that nuclear power may or may not have. It seems like a very pointless exercise to me...

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (4, Insightful)

Edmund Blackadder (559735) | about 3 years ago | (#35648688)

They are obviously not talking about ignoring the problem, but about not making fun of people that are actually suffering radiation exposure.

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (3, Insightful)

Giometrix (932993) | about 3 years ago | (#35648744)

I hear what you're saying, but is it really "making fun" when the episode is filmed years before the disaster? I'm a New Yorker, the Trade Center episode not only doesn't bother me, I still find it hilarious to this day!

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (3, Insightful)

Bacon Bits (926911) | about 3 years ago | (#35649374)

That's fine, but it would still have been insensitive and in bad taste to have aired that episode on 9/12. When bad things happen it's customary to be aware of the feelings of those who might have been impacted by it as a sign of respect. Stand-up comedians get away with it because they're supposed to be disrespectful and outrageous, but this is a TV station. If they're still banning the episodes next year at this time then I'd argue they're going to far.

This isn't "censorship" (a grossly misused term on this site). It's discretion.

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649404)

I'm of two minds. First I agree with you in theory and I don't find this type of thing offensive. Though technically I don't find things offensive pretty much while they're going on and people are making fun of them. Humor is one of the ways we cope with bad things. That said, I'm aware that there are people in the world who are much more sensitive than me and prone to offense and what I would characterize as overreacting and relishing the victim role and extending it beyond the actual bad thing to anyone who mentions the incident with anything but the gravest concern. While I personally think these folks are fools who would do better to worry about the actual bad thing than the world's attempt to soften it with humor, I recognize that they're out there and I can see where you wouldn't want to offend them just out of a sense of general decency (or even pragmatism if these people were your paying customers)

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (1)

JabberWokky (19442) | about 3 years ago | (#35648746)

Who? People are probably suffering radiation exposure in Austria at about the same rate as they ever have.

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (2)

giuseppemag (1100721) | about 3 years ago | (#35648814)

If anything the Simpsons are a way of becoming more aware of the problem, not making fun of those who suffer for it.

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (4, Interesting)

antifoidulus (807088) | about 3 years ago | (#35649432)

Exactly. It's the owner's (Mr. Burns aka TEPCO) cavalier attitude towards safety that got them into trouble in the first place. Mr. Burns hides nuclear waste in trees, makes his employees eat the stuff(it's the TEPCO employees, not the managers, that are really going to suffer from this incident), bribes safety inspectors to look the other way etc, sort of like TEPCO did. If anything these episodes are needed more than ever to point out the flaws in the human side of safety management. Namely greed will often trump safety if there isn't real, impartial oversight.

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648864)

They are obviously not talking about ignoring the problem, but about not making fun of people that are actually suffering radiation exposure.

Says the person posting on a forum with more Hiroshima jokes than all living WW2 vets cubed.

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about 3 years ago | (#35649178)

"but about not making fun of people that are actually suffering radiation exposure"

So, what you are saying in effect is that you can not make jokes about (note the difference between jokes about and laughing at):

the Japanese nuclear disaster?
the Japanese tsunami disaster?
the Japanese quake disaster?
the 2004 quake disaster?
the 2004 tsunami disaster?
the New York 2001 Sep 11 disaster?
the New York jews disaster?
the Holocaust jews disaster?
the Holy Chair disaster?
the Holy Cow disaster?
dairy cows?
farmers?
lumberjacks?
gays?

Why not nuke the Monty Python too?

Sorry, wasting core time on dead-on Japanese nuclear seppuku jokes probably will be around for some time. Hmmm, wonder what the half-life of those jokes will be?

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 3 years ago | (#35649346)

The half-life would be a graph hole. You know, considering it will never degrade... :P

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (2)

mirix (1649853) | about 3 years ago | (#35648838)

It seems somewhat over reactive, but I see the idea. It's not like they show bugs bunny nips the nips any more either.

On the flip side, they're allowed to show tits on TV in Austria, and the US has a meltdown when that happens.

Reactor? I 'ardly know 'er! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648990)

It seems somewhat over reactive, but I see the idea.

"over reactive"... that's one of those pun things, isn't it?

On the flip side, they're allowed to show tits on TV in Austria, and the US has a meltdown when that happens.

"Meltdown", too? You're really on a roll tonight!

Re:Homer Simpson, too... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648888)

It's not like a new episode was banned, is an episode up for repeat and some one decided to play it safe and show another on of the 20 years worth of possible reruns. Lighten up it not big brother censoring the news, or someone setting up a government comity to discuss all the pros and cons, its "hey, I would if this may upset some one? Ah what the heck I'll chuck one of these in instead" as they point to a mountain of VHS cassettes.

radical news! (3, Insightful)

Odinlake (1057938) | about 3 years ago | (#35648662)

radical news: someone behaved in a mature and sensible way!

Re:radical news! (-1, Flamebait)

clarkcox3 (194009) | about 3 years ago | (#35649110)

How is it mature and sensible to retroactively censor a TV show? Seems more Minitrue to me.

Re:radical news! (1)

peppepz (1311345) | about 3 years ago | (#35649654)

No censorship is going on. No copies of the episodes were destroyed. It's not a crime to watch them.

It's just that the people who were to air them decided, autonomously, to omit some jokes that might hurt the sensitivity of some people in the present time.

I've got one thing to say (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648666)

Fucking Pussies!!! That's what they are. Go ahead and mod me down. But you can never deny the TRUTH!

Goebbels would have been proud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648668)

What nuclear meltdown?

Re:Goebbels would have been proud (5, Funny)

YoshiDan (1834392) | about 3 years ago | (#35648996)

It's not a meltdown. It's an unrequested fission surplus.

Re:Goebbels would have been proud (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 3 years ago | (#35649360)

Coupled with a thermal exhaust failure!

(actually a meltdown isn't excess reaction - it's deficient cooling - emphasizing meltdown)

South Park wouldn't hesitate (2)

dwywit (1109409) | about 3 years ago | (#35648678)

to make fun of it.
 
This probably originated from /b/, but it had a macabre humour to it: (to the tune of spongebob squarepants' theme) "who lives in their houses under the sea?" "japanese people"

Re:South Park wouldn't hesitate (2)

davester666 (731373) | about 3 years ago | (#35649022)

That's just it. This isn't about the simpsons making fun of what's happening in Japan now. It's become insensitive to broadcast a cartoon made more than 10 years ago, that made fun of a fictional nuclear power plant.

And what's up with old shows not being shown, or even being censored of shots of the world trade towers? We're supposed to remember 9/11 and the towers crashing down, but forget they stood for 30 years?

Re:South Park wouldn't hesitate (4, Insightful)

Volante3192 (953645) | about 3 years ago | (#35649070)

And what's up with old shows not being shown, or even being censored of shots of the world trade towers? We're supposed to remember 9/11 and the towers crashing down, but forget they stood for 30 years?

The winners of history get to write it.

Make your own conclusion who won...

Re:South Park wouldn't hesitate (2)

lennier1 (264730) | about 3 years ago | (#35649416)

Warrant-less wiretapping, data retention laws, continuous tracking of financial transactions, first amendment violated on a regular basis, Gitmo, ...

Terrorists hate our freedoms, so we have to hollow them out wherever we can???

Re:South Park wouldn't hesitate (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 3 years ago | (#35649368)

Doesn't fit. The chorus answer has one too many syllable in the first word to fit the meter. You'd have to find a two syllable (likely offensive) replacement, or abbreviate it like you have a speech impediment ( "jap'nese" ?) ... yea, I actually went there.

Maybe the episodes could be helpful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648694)

The episode where Homer plugs a leaking reactor with his bare ass could give them ideas on how to address the current leak. I doubt anyone in Japan would be big enough but we could check out some local McDonalds and ship them an American or two.

Re:Maybe the episodes could be helpful (3, Informative)

Apu de Beaumarchais (2023822) | about 3 years ago | (#35648924)

You are aware of what country sumo wrestling comes from right?

Re:Maybe the episodes could be helpful (2)

cheater512 (783349) | about 3 years ago | (#35648958)

He did say that he doubted anyone in Japan could do the job.

Although the logistics of bringing over a American or two. Damn thats a crazy idea.
You'd have to lash a few aircraft carriers together or something.

Re:Maybe the episodes could be helpful (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 3 years ago | (#35649394)

He did say that he doubted anyone in Japan could do the job.

And the grandparent's retort was that they have sumo wrestlers, so there was no reason to doubt. Perhaps this will clue you in [google.com].

WTxxxxx? (0)

capnkr (1153623) | about 3 years ago | (#35648706)

This story deserves it's own tag. WTFITWCT (What the fuck is the world coming to), or GMAFB. Something like that...

Re:WTxxxxx? (1)

gregrah (1605707) | about 3 years ago | (#35648896)

To quote the summary:

Al Jean, executive producer of the show, says that he can appreciate the concern. 'We have 480 episodes, and if there are a few that they don't want to air for awhile in light of the terrible thing going on, I completely understand that,' says Jean...

Not sure I understand why you're so indignant when the executive producer of the show himself sees no problem here.

Animated Death Metal fans (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648722)

And if somehow Death Metal fans managed to take over the world suddenly cartoon network would be under the gun. Where does it end? With the Oblongs of course.

Re:Animated Death Metal fans (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 3 years ago | (#35649246)

And if somehow Death Metal fans managed to take over the world suddenly cartoon network would be under the gun. Where does it end? With the Oblongs of course.

I dunno... I enjoy lots of different music, Metal & Death Metal being among the styles I like, and I love Metalocalypse [adultswim.com].

I think its high time we all grow up and start taking ourselves less seriously... Among those things that shouldn't be taken seriously: Humorous Cartoons.

IMHO, political correctness == censorship. I don't know about anyone else, but I've been through some very rough times in the past...

I don't get bent out of shape when people make comedies involving homeless people, orphans, car accidents, police brutality, bigotry & racial violence. I've lost loved ones to terribly unfortunate circumstances, but I didn't decide to censor the world's media -- I just changed the damn channel (viewer discretion, always advised).

I don't take it personally when I see a TV show that reminds me of a life tragedy. It's up to me to deal with my own issues, not anyone else. Perhaps burying your head in the sand and stuffing away dark feelings deep inside instead of dealing with real life is a good idea -- In my experience, it's not.

Excuse me if I fail to see why YOU should be censored for crap that happened to ME; OTOH, I also fail to see why I should be censored when tragedy befalls you.

TL;DR: Real Life Happens: Deal with it like everyone else, you're not special.

Wow, Europe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648810)

You wonder why America consistently makes you the butt of every stupid joke. You practically write them yourselves.

Political correctness is going to destroy Europe.

I'd say this was a joke, but then the EU might moderate it -1 Flamebait.

'We would never make light of what's happening in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648816)

Japan"...

Uhhh.

Stephen Hawkings, countless celebrities and... Chernobyl [http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Simpsons/Season_19] are fair game though?

Depends on the joke really. And if we're watching Simpsons or South Park.

great episode (1, Insightful)

phlegmofdiscontent (459470) | about 3 years ago | (#35648840)

I loved "The City of New York vs Homer Simpson". Great episode even after 9/11.

Re:great episode (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648884)

I'll take the crab juice.

Re:great episode (1)

NotSanguine (1917456) | about 3 years ago | (#35649146)

Bart: When I grow up I want to be in the Betty Ford Center!
Marge: Well you better start saving now, it's very expensive!
Lisa: Shh! They're strapping down Liza Minelli.

Re:great episode (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649616)

Mountain Dew or Crab Juice?

Sad day when ... (1)

Super Dave Osbourne (688888) | about 3 years ago | (#35648844)

People are not able to sensor bad taste and content, jokes or editorial by themselves needing instead gov or industry to do it instead. That day appears to be yesterday, rest our heads in a moment of silence for that day wasted.

Re:Sad day when ... (1)

mqduck (232646) | about 3 years ago | (#35648988)

What would it mean for people to "sensor bad taste and content, jokes or editorial by themselves" in this context? Not watch those episodes when they come on because it's "too soon"? Yeah, that could work. Or TV stations could just, you know, play other episodes for a while.

How about every intro animation in Simpsons (2)

tokul (682258) | about 3 years ago | (#35648848)

It is not ok to joke about nuclear things, but it is ok to take nuclear waste home.

Re:How about every intro animation in Simpsons (1)

clarkcox3 (194009) | about 3 years ago | (#35649118)

It's not even waste; It's an active fuel rod that he takes home.

Re:How about every intro animation in Simpsons (2)

rJah (1216024) | about 3 years ago | (#35649402)

That inanimate carbon rod was worker of the week, you insensitive clod!

I am suddenly reminded.... (1)

mysidia (191772) | about 3 years ago | (#35648880)

About criticism being mounted when the motion picture version of The two Towers was coming out... E.g. waybackmachine.org/../twotowerprotest.org [waybackmachine.org]

We believe that Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema's actions are in fact hate speech. The movie is intentionally being named The Two Towers in order to capitalize on the tragedy of September 11. Clearly, you cannot deny the fact that this falls under hate speech.

Re:I am suddenly reminded.... (1)

pizzach (1011925) | about 3 years ago | (#35648946)

Honestly, they probably should have used computer generated graphics to photoshop out the two towers in the film. It would have made the movie much less hateful.

Re:I am suddenly reminded.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649516)

RIP, Klerck.

Probably means (1)

Dachannien (617929) | about 3 years ago | (#35648900)

...that "King Size Homer" will get pulled in some markets, which is unfortunate because it has one of the best lines [youtube.com] in any Simpsons episode.

Re:Probably means (1)

Jordan Catalano (915885) | about 3 years ago | (#35648956)

HeybuddyyougottaslowyourcardownandletmeinbecauseI'mabigfatguyandIcan'tgoanywherebecausetherecouldbesomepoison gasImeanthere'sREALLYgoingtobepoisongasandeverybody'sgoingtobedeadespeciallyme!

Videogames (3, Interesting)

Pesticidal (1148911) | about 3 years ago | (#35648922)

And S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Fallout are banned too.

Re:Videogames (1)

Vectormatic (1759674) | about 3 years ago | (#35649484)

just think of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games we can look forward to in 20-30 years! i propose the end-boss can be godzilla.

Honestly though, i think its a bit over the top to go out of your way not to show certain episodes of the simpsons, it is a pretty lighthearted show, but if you want you can find offense in any episode. I guess any episode with cletus in it shouldnt be shown in half the states... or they better pull "who shot mister burns" in areas with high gun-violence stats

Hell, i hope they dont show any episode with Apu in it in any indian (the non-casino variety) communities, those people might be very offended

europeans and tv (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35648940)

Are europeans incapable of switching the channel if they don't like what they see? do their governments have to do everything for them? it's bad enough here in the states. I'm sure the socialists here will mod me into oblivion because they've forgotten that it was free expression that allows them to voice and live by their opinions in the first place. now of course, once they have power, they shut everyone else up, just like everyone else! yes yes, of course, it's for the children, or jesus, or the gays, or allah, or yahweh, or blacks, or latinos, or indians, or whi..err not white males feelings, so that makes it all ok.

In case you haven't noticed, I hate double standards more than just about anything else.

Re:europeans and tv (1)

metacell (523607) | about 3 years ago | (#35649592)

I think most Europeans (and most Americans) are capable of changing the channel themselves, but it's safer for the networks to accomodate the small number of people who are offended, than the larger number of people who don't care much either way.

Feelings of a long-term resident of Japan (5, Insightful)

Grissnap (2028624) | about 3 years ago | (#35648972)

I appreciate the sympathy, however misplaced it is. I get a bit angry when everyone focuses on the nuclear stuff going on. The whole nuclear thing will affect some people in Fukushima prefecture (mostly economically) and maybe some of the neighboring prefectures. Still let's look at things in perspective: 3 hospitalized (they are fine apart from some 'sunburn') from the Fukushima plant issue; over 20,000 missing or dead from the tsunami plus a multitude more homeless and hospitalized. We aren't suffering from nuclear fallout, people, we are suffering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit Japan in over 20 years. Still that is the nature of the beast, 20,000 is just too large a number for people to internalize and sympathize with. However, we can all imagine our gruesome death at the hand of deadly radiation. We all know that these episodes aren't being censored out of sympathy. I just hope they don't replace the episodes with a tsunami episode.

Re:Feelings of a long-term resident of Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649088)

So what you are saying is that they need to ban episodes that are about tsunamis?

Re:Feelings of a long-term resident of Japan (2)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | about 3 years ago | (#35649180)

Some people just meltdown under the pressure...

I mean buckle... Buckle!

Re:Feelings of a long-term resident of Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649306)

>>Some people just meltdown under the pressure...

What do you think the fallout from this scandal will be?

Re:Feelings of a long-term resident of Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649282)

There is a simple reason people (globally) are more acutely aware of the situation in Fukushima - a radiation leak (or worse), just might affect them.

As for 20000 dead or missing from the tsunami and earthquake - that's fascinating television, and someone else's problem. Remember boxing day 2004?

That said, to all the people affected by these three disasters: you have my deepest and heartfelt sympathy.

Re:Feelings of a long-term resident of Japan (1)

Rakishi (759894) | about 3 years ago | (#35649444)

a radiation leak (or worse), just might affect them.

Unless they're in Japan, not really. Actually the economic impact will hurt them somewhat but no one cares about that.

Not that it matters, people want any excuse to panic it seems. Like 9/11, no one was going to blow up Bumfuck, Iowa but that didn't stop people there from screaming loudly. More loudly than those in New York actually I'd say.

Re:Feelings of a long-term resident of Japan (1)

Grissnap (2028624) | about 3 years ago | (#35649514)

Thank you all for the sympathy. Despite my complaints, the response from around the world has been overwhelmingly great. As for above, I understand exactly what you mean and I many (me included) are guilty of that. All too soon we forget, like the deadly earthquake in Christchurch just months ago or the horrible tsunami on boxing day. But the fact is, no one outside of Japan is going to be affected by this radiation, but the hysteria around it is overblown and is probably hurting Japan more than helping. The mass exodus of foreign expatriates from Japan spurred on by some foreign governments such as France telling their citizens to leave the country is not helping the local situation at all.

Re:Feelings of a long-term resident of Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649624)

I appreciate the sympathy, however misplaced it is.

I get a bit angry when everyone focuses on the nuclear stuff going on. The whole nuclear thing will affect some people in Fukushima prefecture (mostly economically) and maybe some of the neighboring prefectures. Still let's look at things in perspective: 3 hospitalized (they are fine apart from some 'sunburn') from the Fukushima plant issue; over 20,000 missing or dead from the tsunami plus a multitude more homeless and hospitalized. We are not YET suffering from nuclear fallout, people, we are suffering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit Japan in over 20 years.

Still that is the nature of the beast, 20,000 is just too large a number for people to internalize and sympathize with. However, we can all imagine our gruesome death at the hand of deadly radiation. We all know that these episodes aren't being censored out of sympathy. I just hope they don't replace the episodes with a tsunami episode.

I think the reason for the focus on the nuclear stuff is this.
Besides that, the general perception is that we can still do something about it.
A kind of 'first save lives, then mourn the dead' idea, I suppose.
Also, I (and I think most of the world's population) think that if things go really wrong at Fukushima, there will be many more deaths from it than from the tsunami. I don't have the knowledge about nuclear facilities to make this conclusion, and it's probably wrong, but I think many people reason this way.

Ridiculous (2)

DryGrian (1775520) | about 3 years ago | (#35648974)

This is ridiculous. The front page of my local newspaper (California, near the coast) is abuzz with "nyookulurr" concerns as well. Why don't they edit out the episodes having to do with, y'know, earthquakes and tsunamis, seeing as that's the brand of disaster Japan is facing right now. It seems to me that the situation with the power plants is being handled professionally and safely. If it wasn't for the public's irrational and uneducated fear of glowing green radioactivity, the nuclear power plants that we do have wouldn't be stuck at 1970's-level technology.

Horrible (2, Funny)

mqduck (232646) | about 3 years ago | (#35649010)

This is horrible! It's not like there are many other Simpsons reruns they could show instead.

Are "jokes" the real reason for it? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about 3 years ago | (#35649098)

Somehow, I feel the risk they try to avoid is making people think the nuclear plants are operated by "Simpson like" personnel. Meaning... a real good-bye to public being opened to even listen arguments about nuclear energy being needed.

just a cartoon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649100)

cant people distinguish the difference between reality and a cartoon ? this is similar to the south park debate some while back. nice to know that television networks are further censoring what we get to see. really dont see the issue here as these episodes were from the 90's way before recent events even occured.

I do not "appreciate the concern". (1)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | about 3 years ago | (#35649144)

Editing out scenes that had the old WTC was stupid, and so is this.

Stop being oversensitive nutless wonders and expecting others to be the same.

Oh come on now (1)

Xupa (1313669) | about 3 years ago | (#35649152)

Let's not overreact because god forbid a television network decides to show a shred of sensitivity of their own accord. Do you think anyone is telling The Daily Show not to make jokes about Japan? No. They are choosing not to. Right now some people might not find it amusing. This isn't censorship. It's called decency. If your point is that the show was written ten years ago, then calm down, it will be funny again later.

They wiping references to earthquakes & tsunam (3, Insightful)

Drakino (10965) | about 3 years ago | (#35649160)

Are they also going back and wiping any reference to earthquakes and tsunamis? So far, tens of thousands have been confirmed to have died to those events, but we don't feel the need to be sensitive about that. But a nuclear accident that hasn't killed anyone is worth rewriting history of a comedy cartoon? It's not like the jokes were made at the expense of the current situation, being that they have existed for years.

I never did understand the removal of the twin towers from things either. Do we really want to show our respect to those that passed by trying to erase any mention or footage of the buildings?

Re:They wiping references to earthquakes & tsu (1)

farnsworth (558449) | about 3 years ago | (#35649380)

I never did understand the removal of the twin towers from things either. Do we really want to show our respect to those that passed by trying to erase any mention or footage of the buildings?

It is sympathy for those who directly experienced the incidents. The towers only fell once. People have only been exposed to deadly amounts of radiation a handful of times in the last 100 years (more or less).

As horrible as it is, people die in earthquakes and tsunamis regularly. It happens. And one incident doesn't necessarily evoke another. It's just part of life on Earth.

I'm a reasonably well adjusted adult with a reasonably sane outlook on life, and I am glad that the WTC was erased from popular media for a time, because I knew a lot of people who died there. Seeing the towers during that time in a fictional or humorous way would just bring me to tears for my friends who died.

If you are far removed from these traumas, that's fine. You can still watch these episodes on dvd or similar. And they will probably air them again in a year or so. And that's fine.

Re:They wiping references to earthquakes & tsu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649532)

Are they also going back and wiping any reference to earthquakes and tsunamis? So far, tens of thousands have been confirmed to have died to those events, but we don't feel the need to be sensitive about that. But a nuclear accident that hasn't killed anyone is worth rewriting history of a comedy cartoon? It's not like the jokes were made at the expense of the current situation, being that they have existed for years.

In the show, Homer Simpson works at a nuclear power plant, in an (intentionally poorly-defined) area of the United States that is not particularly near any ocean. There are plenty of jokes about nuclear power, but I don't recall any about earthquakes or tsunamis. If there are any, of course it makes sense to temporarily suspend airing them as well.

Looking for jokes about nuclear power in The Simpsons doesn't mean earthquakes and tsunamis are OK to joke about in light of current events; it means earthquakes and tsunamis were never funny to begin with and The Simpsons probably doesn't joke about them.

We'll have to protest this (1)

istartedi (132515) | about 3 years ago | (#35649182)

Lisa (playing guitar):
We'll fight day and night
By the big cooling tower
They have the plant,
but we have the power

Lenny: Now play classical gas!

Overreaction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649196)

How is airing episodes of Homer's misadventures at the plant making light of what happened? Did the writers see into the future and use it as an opportunity to piss on the Japanese? **** no.

I see that as something Seth MacFarlane would do, actually.

Does their channel change dial not work. (1)

Remloc (1165839) | about 3 years ago | (#35649202)

Why do people complain about "offensive" material on Simpsons or Family Guy? That is (partially) what those shows are about. Over the years they've been offensive to Mormons, Unitarians, Hispanics, Texans, Single Dads, Republicans and probably every other niche group in the planet.

I've watched Simpsons since it was a short on Tracey Ullman, and they have once offended me enough that I turned it off. In fact, I turned the TV off for the night and went in the other room. In syndication to this day that episode makes me emotionally tighten up. I never filed a single complaint, wrote a single letter or missed an episode out of spite. If you watch that kind of series, you sign up for your ox getting gored occasionally.

Re:Does their channel change dial not work. (1)

gregrah (1605707) | about 3 years ago | (#35649236)

Which episode was it that offended you so badly?

Re:Does their channel change dial not work. (1)

Remloc (1165839) | about 3 years ago | (#35649644)

It will probably burn karma, but Papa Don;t Leech [wikipedia.org]

I helped found a non-profit to help divorced dads misjudged and considered "dead beat" when they are really "beat dead," so the scene where Homer meets Lurleen's Dad at the door and he offers to "Vodka up his Corn Flakes" then "Heroin up his Vodka" wearing a shirt saying "no child support" is making me uncomfortable even as I type this.

I still love the Simpsons.

Duke Nukem Forever (4, Funny)

XPulga (1242) | about 3 years ago | (#35649232)

I'm willing to bet that some retarded german politician will see a relation between "Duke Nukem Forever" and nuclear power and issue a ban on it before it's even released.

What about Chernobyl? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649272)

If it was ok to joke after Chernobyl, it should be ok to joke after Fukushima. People are so freaking uptight. It's a fucking cartoon. IT'S NOT REAL.

Re:What about Chernobyl? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649358)

In soviet russia, chernobyl jokes after YOU!

Opening Credits (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649328)

Doesn't the opening credits to every episode make fun of nuclear safety when Homer carelessly fumbles a radioactive rod around? As if exposing this material to the atmosphere is a humorous situation and not a serious one?

Evening stuff out (4, Funny)

VMaN (164134) | about 3 years ago | (#35649396)

I feel i need to even things out, so here is a Simpsons clip with the irradiated Curies destroying a Japanese looking city.

http://vimeo.com/21402842

Temporary self censoring (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649418)

Reminds me of the time during the Katrina crisis, where many US radio stations stopped playing The Tragically Hip's "New Orleans Is Sinking". As long as it's for a limited time, then I'm ok with a people trying to tread lightly while others are having a tough time. As long as things go back to normal after a bit...

...there goes the Memory Hole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35649534)

Orwells would be so proud about now-a-days. Just like out of his book 1984. Past has been corrected and thus WTC never really existed and those who remember it must be swiftly reeducated in the room 101.

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