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Homer Becomes Omar

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the something-i-never-thought-of dept.

Television 840

geekster writes "With Omar as Homer, and Badr substituted for Bart, The Simpsons is now playing on Arab television. But in order not to risk offending an Arab audience, the characters in Al Shamshoon, as the show is now called, have modified some of their most distinguishable traits." And you thought internationalization was hard for software!

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My karma can stand it (4, Funny)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838871)

[comic book guy voice]Worst...Adaptation...EVER![/comic book guy voice]

Come on, you all were thinking it, Homer without the H or beer or hot dogs or bacon- eeeew.

Re:My karma can stand it (4, Funny)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839040)

No TV and No Beer makes homer Something Something
Go crazy
Don't mind if I do ...

God I hate it when people rip out the core of something because it may be offensive ..What a bunch of Melon farmers*

*Melon Farmers is a reference to the BBC TV cut of "Repo Man" where the words Mother-fucker were replaced by Melon farmer

Re:My karma can stand it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839049)

Makes me glad to be an american (where, if nothing else, at least our television shows aren't emasculated to suit the whims of muslim fantatics).

Re:My karma can stand it (1, Flamebait)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839090)

In America, television is emasculated to suit the whims of puritanical christians and crazy neocons.

Or were you extremely sarcastic?

Can they handle it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13838875)

Don't the Simpson's go to a Christian church and doesn't Homer often drink? I think this will be too much for the feeble Muslim mind!

Re:Can they handle it? (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838914)

Read it- they've modified it. I don't know how they modified it- but Moe no longer runs a bar, Homer drinks soft drinks instead of beer, Egyptian sausages instead of hot dogs, and some sort of cookie instead of a donut...how they did that while still using "the original animation" is beyond me. But the adaptation has been universally panned....makes me wonder how they'd handle the episode where PBS is after Homer for his donation, and he becomes a missionary, continually crying "Jebus Save Me!" into the short wave radio.

Re:Can they handle it? (1)

FhnuZoag (875558) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838965)

Wait a couple of years, and people will be paying $$$ for a VHS tape of it as a cult classic.

Re:Can they handle it? (1)

bhirsch (785803) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839055)

Easy: Duff can be a soft-drink (remember when those came in brown-tinted glass bottles?), refer to the hot dogs as Egyptian sausages, and refer to the donuts as the some sort of cookie.

I'm sure that episodes dealing heavily with Christianity will not be shown.

Re:Can they handle it? (5, Funny)

Divide By Zero (70303) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839122)

some sort of cookie instead of a donut

For the record, it's a kahk.

He's a kahk-gobbler.

Omar al-Shamshoon loves the kahk.

D'oh (5, Funny)

Misanthrope (49269) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838888)

D'oh has now been changed to lâ ilâha illâ allâh

Re:D'oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13838979)

Why would they replace an exclamation of anger with something completely unrelated?

Re:D'oh (0)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839026)

Mmm. Apparently it's always written as "(annoyed grunt)" in the scripts. Can anyone give an Arabic translation of this?

Re:D'oh (2, Interesting)

p80 (771195) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839059)

>>Can anyone give an Arabic translation of this? the English equivalent would be something like "Oh my fucking god" only a little less vulgar.

Re:D'oh (0, Flamebait)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839126)

>>Can anyone give an Arabic translation of this? the English equivalent would be something like "Oh my fucking god" only a little less vulgar.

Oh my fucking Allah?

Re:D'oh (5, Funny)

Mr. Marabou Man (533239) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839081)

Al-Flanders: Salam A liddly diddly leikum neighbor !
Omar: lâ ilâha illâ allâh !

Definitely. This is so going to be a hit.

The show will need local humor appeal (5, Insightful)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838891)

Taking Homer and stripping out all of the Americanisms isn't going to make it funny to people with a mideast cultural sense of humor (it would probably be funnier if they just left the Americanisms in). Homer is a success in America because we are laughing at ourselves. I would bet Omar could be as much of a success if the show could present the same kind of local irreverent humor about life there like it does for life in the US.

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (4, Insightful)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838932)

I wonder what local-arab irreverant humor is like? Any local-arabs have any insight?

-Jesse

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839022)

"Eat my Abaya!"

Doesn't quite have the same ring to it though I'm not Arabic, so wouldn't exactly know.

ps, I truly hope I haven't offended anyone with this if I have please accept my humble apology.

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (1, Interesting)

mysqlrocks (783488) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838950)

Taking Homer and stripping out all of the Americanisms...

Yes, but it looks like it will still be set in America:

FTA: The dysfunctional family, that continues to live in Springfield...

Assuming that there isn't a Springfield somewhere in the Middle East?

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (1)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838970)

Actually........the show's writers have never really pinpointed where "Springfield" is...

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839083)

Well, since Groening lives in Portland (OR) and many of his characters are named or modeled after local "celebrities" or landmarks or streets, I think it's fairly safe to wager a guess. Especially since there's a power plant in it.

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839085)

well... they've had a blizzard and hurricane, so I'm guessing the middle of the east coast...?

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13838993)

Yes, but it looks like it will still be set in America:

And it will be presented as a documentary, how stupid, drunk, and inept americans really are.

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (0, Troll)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838953)

having lived in the mideast for a couple years, I can tell you their humor consists of hating the US, the Jews, and Western civilization. As long as they include those themes, people will watch it.

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (1)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838977)

I hear last week Omar ate pork. At least he almost did, before Maryam saw him with it. That was 2 part episode!!

Re:The show will need local humor appeal (-1, Flamebait)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839056)

if the show could present the same kind of local irreverent humor about life there like it does for life in the US.

They could, but then the producers would have to be jailed and the voice-actors have their tongues cut out.

This is not exactly a yuk-it-up culture we're talking about here. Maybe if they could establish that Lisa was somehow adopted, and Jewish, and the writers could manage to have her stoned or gang-raped every other episode the series might have a chance, but left as is I predict it will make Scarborough Country's ratings in the West Village look like the Super Bowl.

So what happens to Apu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13838892)

Does he become a Latino convenience store clerk now?

Re:So what happens to Apu? (1)

rovingeyes (575063) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838937)

Nope there are many Apus (Indians) there too!

Apu (4, Insightful)

temojen (678985) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839054)

Apu is Hindu and from India, not Muslim from Arabia. Many of the stereotypes about Indians are probably held in common.

Re:Apu (1)

waterlogged (210759) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839086)

Thaaank you comeagain. is the same in any language.

Re:So what happens to Apu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839070)

I guess they'll change from "Tink yaou, kome agin" to "Yeee Haw, Yall come back now, ya heer"; however, that is translated might cause a holly war(?!).

nuclear heathens (5, Funny)

LittleGuernica (736577) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838893)

The also must be asking what evil people use nuclear power instead of that delicious arab oil! Is the nuclear power plant digitally edited into a oil refinery?

Re:nuclear heathens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839012)

What makes you think the Arabs don't have nuclear power plants? Just what do you think Iran has been claiming all this time that its nuclear program is for?

Re:nuclear heathens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839098)

They don't have nuclear power plants yet.

They day they get them is the day before they launch their first volley of nuclear missles.

Whither Apu? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13838895)

Will he be comically named "John Smith" and speak with a redneck accent?

Don't have a cow ... here's a mirror... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13838903)



With Omar as Homer, and Badr substituted for Bart, The Simpsons is now playing on Arab television.

But in order not to risk offending an Arab audience, the characters in Al Shamshoon, as the show is now called, have modified some of their most distinguishable traits.

Omar may look the same as in the series that debuted in 1987, but he has swapped Duff beer for soft drinks; no longer hangs out at "seedy bars with bums and lowlifes" - Moe no longer owns a bar - and eats barbequed Egyptian beef sausages instead of non-Halal hotdogs. He even grazes on Arab kahk cookies in place of doughnuts.

The dysfunctional family, that continues to live in Springfield, have not wholly reformed. Omar is still lazy and Badr continues to bate his teachers and parents.

The adaptation, which began in time for Ramadam when television viewing figures peak, uses the original Simpsons animation. High profile Egyptian actors, including Mohamed Heneidy, are providing the character's voices.

With a primetime slot, Arab satellite channel MBC hopes the show, which has run for 17 seasons and won 12 Emmy awards in America, will be the first in a succession of similar adaptations.

Michel Costandi, business-development director of MBC TV Network, said: "I think The Simpsons will open new horizons for us to the future. We are opening up a new genre of programming in the Middle East."

Suppliers of Arabic-dubbed Western cartoons say demand had been high for years, with the Walt Disney Co. dubbing countless animations. With 60 per cent of the population in the Arab world under the age of 20, and 40 per cent under 15, the market is likely to expand.

Sherine El-Hakim, head of Arabic content at VSI Ltd, a London-based company that dubs and subtitles TV shows for broadcasters and corporations said: "The advent of the satellite era in the Arab world has created - and is still creating - new channels on a continuous basis.

"Arabisation is going to boom in these next few years," she told the Wall Street Journal. "We're such an impressionable people and we aspire so much to be like the West, that we take on anything that we believe is a symbol or a manifestation of Western culture."

But there are fears the show has lost its quintessential Simpson-ness. Some Arab Simpson fans are incensed over the adaptation. "This is just beyond the pale," wrote As'ad AbuKhalil, a professor at California State University, Stanislaus, on his blog, angryarab blogspot.

After watching a segment of Al Shamshoon, Professor AbuKhalil said: "It was just painful ... The guy who played Homer was one of the most unfunny people I ever watched. Just drop it."

Even more damning was the response of Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons. He said: "Fuck those smelly sand niggers. The sooner they suicide bomb themselves into hell the better."

Re:Don't have a cow ... here's a mirror... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839013)

You fail it. If you're going to troll by editting the text of a mirror, it helps when you don't edit the second most obvious part: the very end.

Article Text Modification Troll!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839114)

See last line.

wait who... (1, Funny)

CDPatten (907182) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838905)

is going to ge the character with dynamite strapped to his chest?

Re:wait who... (2, Informative)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838974)

Ignoring your stereotyped and misinformed implication that suicide bombing is a hobby particular to the Middle East, Homer once did that over a telephone dialling code dispute (I think it ended up with The Who getting involved). And who can forget Jobriath's "I'm sick of your lack of faith" pipe-bomb from the Sick, Twisted, Totally F**ked Up Animation Festival? I ached something rotten after that.

Re:wait who... (1)

CDPatten (907182) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839025)

so you are saying homer will fit in then?

Re:wait who... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839030)

Homer once did that over a telephone dialling code dispute (I think it ended up with The Who getting involved).

There was also an episode where Principal Skinner locked himself in the school, then strapped hotdogs onto himself, and threatened to blow himself up.

And the NASA episode, where Homer referred to Barney 'Let's crash the space shuttle into the Whitehouse and kill the President' Gumble.

Kenny! (1)

javamagnoman (885327) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839032)

And he can even die every show too!

Re:wait who... (1)

xappax (876447) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839072)

I'll be the first to admit that racism can be funny in certain contexts, but come on. Clumsy remarks like that are not only unfunny, they make it seem like you're looking for every excuse to associate an entire race of people with terrorism.

I really don't mean to start a flame thread, though, so don't take it too personally.

Only one thing to say about this. (0, Redundant)

Astronomypete (794675) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838906)

D'oh!

Re:Only one thing to say about this. (1)

zojakownith (718327) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838989)

lâ ilâha illâ allâh

Yvan Eht Nioj! (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838910)

More deadly than Saddam, eh? Methinks that episode with either be neutered or omitted...

Now for all the other Obligatory Simpsons Quotes. Please keep them all to this thread, lest we quell serious discussion on Slash— oh, never mind.

It just won't be the same! (1)

matr0x_x (919985) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838911)

The full humor of the Simpsons will never be able to be portrayed properly in another language. Alot of the jokes, subtle references, spoofs, and even the type of humor itself is specifically designed for a Western audience.

Re:It just won't be the same! (1)

Eternauta3k (680157) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839066)

The full humor of the Simpsons will never be able to be portrayed properly in another language. Alot of the jokes, subtle references, spoofs, and even the type of humor itself is specifically designed for a Western audience.

Spanish = Western
Plus, some of the voices are better in spanish than in englishz
I mean latinamerican spanish, I heard the spanish spanish voices sucked.

Re:It just won't be the same! (1)

Olix (812847) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839067)

It fits rather snuggly in french, Spanish, Italian, German etc. Just not in Chinese, Korean, Arabic etc, I would think.

It does not matter (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839113)

The show will be a hit.

Because Arabs have much worse taste than Americans, and and much less sophisticated.

I mean, have you really LOOKED at how they behave? They are just out of the stone age, and if it was not for all their wealth, they would not be anywhere NEAR civilized.

Will Lisa and Marge... (3, Interesting)

Prophetic_Truth (822032) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838915)

Have to wear a Burqa?

Re:Will Lisa and Marge... (4, Interesting)

geekster (87252) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839024)

Probably just a spoof [tvguide.dk] ... but who knows :)

Changing Homer? (5, Insightful)

SillyNickName4me (760022) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838918)

Even more damning was the response of Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons. He said: "If Homer doesn't drink and eat bacon and generally act like a pig, which I guess is also against Islam, then it's not Homer."

Sums it up quite nicely I think.. not having seen this of course.

Homer works at nuclear plant. Omar blows it up. (3, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839096)

But at least they both smell about the same.

-Eric

Apu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13838929)

"This is a great dishonor to both my family and my god, but Okay."

Apu? (4, Funny)

OneByteOff (817710) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838939)

So instead of Apu the Quik-E Mart guy you have... Joe... The Scumy cashier at the Adult Bookstore... Omar : Yes I'd like some lube, gay porn magazines, vibrating finger rings, Goatse DVD 2 and some Illegal fireworks.. Joe : Sir, we don't have any fucking illegal fireworks... *whispers* right this way... */whispers*

Re:Apu? (1)

Landshark17 (807664) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839080)

Gives new meaning to "Thank you, come again"

Re:Apu? (1)

acvh (120205) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839105)

"silly customer, you cannot hurt a dildo"

Re:Apu? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839117)

Full name: Joe Smith

From the article... (3, Insightful)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838941)

"Arabisation is going to boom in these next few years," she told the Wall Street Journal. "We're such an impressionable people and we aspire so much to be like the West, that we take on anything that we believe is a symbol or a manifestation of Western culture."

Oh bother. Why can't you just keep your own cultural identity instead of trying to be the same as us? Homogenizing the world just makes it a more boring place.

Re:From the article... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839069)

Oh bother. Why can't you just keep your own cultural identity instead of trying to be the same as us? Homogenizing the world just makes it a more boring place.

Yeah. Who likes boring when you can have suicide bombers, jihadis, giving women fewer rights than goats (ok, score 1 for them), rampant illiteracy, rampant poverty, ...

Re:From the article... (1)

FosterKanig (645454) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839094)

People in the Middle East are fucking nuts, that's why.

Re:From the article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839095)

Shouldn't that be Homergenizing?

Re:From the article... (4, Insightful)

Rayonic (462789) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839099)

Why can't you just keep your own cultural identity instead of trying to be the same as us?

Fark that! I can't wait to start downloading subtitled copies of the arab-language Simpsons.

Heck, if this new Simpsons catches on, maybe certain societies will start to accept that self-ridicule can be both constructive and funny.

You can't keep a human culture under glass, sterile and preserved for all eternity. Cultures grow and evolve -- the strongest ones have no problem taking in new ideas and putting their own spin on them.

Re:From the article... (3, Funny)

Subrafta (848399) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839110)

Homogenizing the world just makes it a more boring place.

That's why they're Homer -genizing it!

I hear it now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13838946)

Allah D'oh!

Doki Doki Panic (5, Interesting)

Oxen (879661) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838947)

This reminds me of the Doki Doki Panic/smb2 incident. Super Mario 2 was originally a Fuji Television promotion starring an arabian family called Doki Doki Panic. The people at Nintendo USA thought the Japanese version of SMB2 was too difficult, so they changed the Arabian characters in Doki Doki Panic to Mario and his friends. It's a really interesting story. Check out more here. [classicgaming.com]

Re:Doki Doki Panic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839116)

Except for the fact that the analogy is completely off the mark.

Smithers (-1, Troll)

phiberhack (717324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838956)

Will the character that plays smithers be attracted to male camels?

Well... (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838961)

It's an improvement on the current TV situation there, which is Everybody Loves Raymond and Law and Order on even more relentlessly than they are in the US. At least here we have shows about building custom motorcycles to round out the last 8 hours of the day.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839017)

Sorry, I wouldn't call "everybody loves raymond" an improvement to any television network. thirty minutes of boredom never seemed so infinite...

Re:Well... (1)

NetRAVEN5000 (905777) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839079)

"Everybody Loves Raymond and Law and Order"

Law and order in the Middle East. . . hah. . .

I guess instead of saying "mmmmmm, doughnuts" (1, Funny)

8127972 (73495) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838962)

mmmmmmm, Jihad!

So wait a minute (1, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838964)

What will Apu sound like now? Like Homer?

Don't blame me! (0)

Jacco de Leeuw (4646) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838967)

I voted for Saddam! :-)

mistake in the article (-1)

middlemen (765373) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838976)

From TFA :
With 60 per cent of the population in the Arab world under the age of 20, and 40 per cent under 15, the market is likely to expand.
The article writers have made a mistake in addition. 60% of the population is below 20, and 40% is under 15, that makes 100% of the population under 21. No wonder they cannot show Omar drinking beer !!!
What happened to the people aged above 21?
Oh Right! They are with Osama bin Laden hiding somewhere ;)

Re:mistake in the article (4, Informative)

christopherfinke (608750) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839028)

The article writers have made a mistake in addition. 60% of the population is below 20, and 40% is under 15, that makes 100% of the population under 21


    40% under 15
+ 20% ages 16 - 20
==================
= 60% under 20

Re:mistake in the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839115)

being the math geek that i am, i have to make one small correction to your otherwise correct explanation.

it should be "%20 ages 15-20", since the "%40 under 15" presumably does not include those 15 years of age, only those <15 yrs of age (14 and below).

Re:mistake in the article (0, Redundant)

CDarklock (869868) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839061)

Um... no. The 40% which is under 15 is ALSO under 20, so 40% of the population is over 20, 40% is under 15, and 20% is aged 15-19.

Example:

5 8 11 14 15 17 20 23 25 30

What percentage of these numbers are under 20? 60% - 5, 8, 11, 14, 15, and 17.

What percentage of these numbers are under 15? 40% - 5, 8, 11, and 14.

Re:mistake in the article (0, Redundant)

StonedRat (837378) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839084)

Err, i think the 40% under the age of 15 are also under the age of 20.

Re:mistake in the article (0, Redundant)

l_bratch (865693) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839091)

40% are under 15, AND under 20. 60% are just under 20.

Re:mistake in the article (1)

The Night Watchman (170430) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839103)

The article writers have made a mistake in addition. 60% of the population is below 20, and 40% is under 15, that makes 100% of the population under 21.

Maybe this was an intentional mistake for the sake of a joke, but in the event that it's not...

Since those people aged 15 and under are also under the age of 20, to say that 60% of the population is below 20 and 40% of the population is below 15 means you're talking about overlapping groups, so to add them and get 100% is wrong because you're counting those under 15 twice.

So 60% of the population is under 20, and 40% of the population is over 20. It all works out.

Once again, if you were being sarcastic or facetious, then never mind.

News for Nerds, Stuff that's stale. (0, Redundant)

Mulletproof (513805) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838978)

Somebody has to take the karma hit, so i guess I'll be be one of the people to point out this is pretty stale news already. The story is at least a week old, and i have no doubt several somebodies submitted it the very day it broke.

Re:News for Nerds, Stuff that's stale. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13839045)

yet you took the time to post on a stale story. go find a rock to die under.

In the first episode (5, Funny)

Bullfish (858648) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838983)

Lisa is stoned to death when Badr steals her burka while playing in a park and Omar is pummeled when he is found with contraband spare ribs and a copy of Maxim

What's with all the Apu comments? (4, Insightful)

lightspawn (155347) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838996)

You do realize he's not an arab, right? Right?

Much like the MadTV Saprano's on PAX spoof... (1)

jferris (908786) | more than 8 years ago | (#13838999)

I can't imagine that each show would last longer than two or three minutes a piece after being "converted" to be presentable to an Arab audience. One can't help but to be amused at the whole idea of "We really like the Western World, except for this, this, this, this, this, etc., et al".

Criticizing religion is core to the show... (1)

asternick (532121) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839006)

and this is going to be adapted to a culture where blasphemy is still punishable by death? Where Jews are reviled, some of the very writers of the show? Where women are often kept at home if they do not have a man from the family escorting them? What about all the kissing scenes and sexual innuendo - will the female characters involved be honor-killed?

This is the first time... (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839015)

...Or maybe the second time, when all "obligatory Simpsons quote" is Ontopic.

What's become of the cross screen adaptation for the Simpsons Movie? Has Brooks or Groaning [spelling funny] let any tidbits slip about it yet?

Wow this is a bad idea bonanza (1)

ellem (147712) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839019)

Why did they even bother?

Video clips/screen captures? (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839037)

Does anyone know if there are video clips and/or screen captures of this foreign show? I am curious on how this show looked. I wasn't able to find any when I last searched when I heard about it a few weeks ago.

useless without pics cocksuckers (1)

h8mE (748976) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839047)

come on moderate me you big smelly nerds!

Some shows/films don't stand i18n (3, Interesting)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839057)

There's a movie in France called "Les visiteurs" (the visitors). It's a hilarious movie about some middle-age french aristocrat and his servant time-travelling into our age and messing things up right and left. The movie is very funny... in France, because it relies almost exclusively on twists of the French language, and on French cultural references. I heard this movie was adapted to the US market and did a perfect flop there.

Well I believe it'll be the same for Omar Simpson: the original Homer is funny because it deforms and amplifies flaws in the US society. It's reasonably funny in many western countries, because the american culture is kind of universal, and even when it's dubbed, it's not too hard to understand half of the jokes (many very US-centric jokes are lost in France, Sweden or Spain though, particularly those involving famous personalities known only to the US public).

But in countries far from westerm values, and not as developed, with different and sometimes stricter sets of moral values, adapting the Simpsons to suit these people will suck the marrow out of the bone. It'll the arab version of the US "the visitors" flop. Either give them the full unabridged, ashamedly US version of Homer and let half of them love it and the other half hate it, or give them Omar and let all of them hate it.

Proper Attribution... sigh (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839062)

That's funny, the OP says "geekster writes," and then goes on to quote TFA verbatim, but I could have sworn that TFA was written by someone at The Independent named "Geneviève Roberts".

.. What!? (0, Redundant)

MaXiMiUS (923393) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839106)

Homer WITHOUT DUFF!? it's just not the same.

"risk offending" (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839118)

Wonder how will end after the same process South Park... wait, if the trouble is risk offending, it should take that process to broadcast it in US itself.

Kwik-E-Mart (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839120)

Who is going to run the Kwik-E-Mart? An American character?

In Other News (1)

the_mushroom_king (708305) | more than 8 years ago | (#13839121)

The popular children's books "Where's Waldo?" will be reimagined for Arab consumers. The new series, "Where's Osma?" challenges Arab children to locate the terrorist in busy drawings of the Afgan Mountains, Syria, and New York.
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