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Broadcaster ProSieben kills nuclear-themed Simpsons episodes

The Local · 28 Mar 2011, 15:24

Published: 28 Mar 2011 15:24 GMT+02:00

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"We are checking all the episodes and we won't show any suspect ones, but we won't cut any scenes," ProSieben spokeswoman Stella Rodger told the news agency AFP. "We haven't postponed any yet."

The nuclear plant in the Simpsons' hometown of Springfield is, however, a key element in the long-running show, with the hapless Homer in charge of safety despite a slapdash approach evident from the opening credits onwards.

Previous episodes have shown nuclear waste dumped in a children's playground, plutonium used as a paperweight, cracked cooling towers, luminous rats and three-eyed mutant fish, as well as near-meltdowns.

"Of course we can't completely change the entire content," the spokeswoman acknowledged.

Surveys show that people in Germany are particularly uneasy about the dangers of nuclear power, with shipments of radioactive waste regularly attracting angry protests.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people – 250,000, according to organisers – took part in demonstrations around Germany protesting against nuclear power in light of events in Japan.

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced earlier this month a three-month moratorium on plans to extend the operating times of Germany's nuclear plants and ordered that the seven oldest reactors be shut down.

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The issue was a decisive factor Sunday in state election defeats for Merkel's conservatives in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate, with the anti-nuclear Greens doubling and tripling their share of the vote respectively.


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16:34 March 28, 2011 by freechoice
plenty of simpsons working in nuclear power plants in Europe?
17:03 March 28, 2011 by beckyhead
What? The German censoring free speech and expression for the sake of political correctness and exploitation of irrational fears? No way they've done that before. Unpossible!

"The chief function of propaganda is to convince the masses, who slowness of understanding needs to be given time in order that they may absorb information; and only constant repetition will finally succeed in imprinting an idea on their mind.........the slogan must of course be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula. The one will be rewarded by the surprising and almost incredible results that such a personal policy secures."
17:08 March 28, 2011 by berfel
Oh yeah ... there's always the risk that the audience might connect the satire in the programme to the news reports that they see and hear in the media.

Then they'd end up laughing at the media. Or get angry. For telling fairy tales which divert from the real plight of those struck by the natural catastrophe. Those many thousands whose homes were washed away by tsunami that are now in emergency accommodation; seeking refuge from the bitter cold outside and making the most of two meagre meals a day and a little water to wash.
17:11 March 28, 2011 by clickety6
Presumably they're also taking "Deutsche Welle" off the air out of consideration for Japan's Tsunami catastrophe?
17:21 March 28, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Its a shame, many Euros consider the Simpsons the only redeeming part of American Culture.

I often ask Euros; so you really hate America, huh? 'Yup.'

you know they've invented a lot of stuff you're using right now. 'Yeah, but their all stupid.'

what about Electricity? 'No, too much pollution.' they respond.

what about the Automobile? 'No, too much polution.'

what about the Airplane? 'No. too much pollution'

What about the Internet? 'Well, maybe, but Al Gore isn't really an American.'

So in essence, the Simpsons are all the good PR the US has left. with an exception, possibly, to Michael Moore.
19:43 March 28, 2011 by Englishted
I see a girl found a boa in the toilet, but we have a bigger bore here,der Ex Deutche take a bow or should that read bowl.
19:55 March 28, 2011 by Englishted

you know they've invented a lot of stuff you're using right now. 'Yeah, but their all stupid.'

what about Electricity?

The U.S.A. invented electricity?

Who is stupid?
20:11 March 28, 2011 by LiberalGuy

Didn't Germany invent the car?

I guess next you'll take credit for the telephone
21:46 March 28, 2011 by Joshontour

Electricity wasn't invented, it was discovered.

Gottlieb Daimler invented the Automobile 10 years before Ford built his first.

The English invented the airplane, and the French had powered flight 50 years before the wright brothers.
21:56 March 28, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
> Japan's atomic catastrophe

I am anti-nuclear power, however is not the above statement somewhat hyperbolic? AFAIK no-one has yet died in the atomic accident, unlike 18,000 estimate dead from the earthquake/tsunami. That *is* a catastrophe.
22:12 March 28, 2011 by JAMessersmith
A German broadcaster bans an American TV show because of a nuclear accident in Japan... Globalism run amok. Obviously, I could make a WWII analogy, but that might offend the censors.
22:37 March 28, 2011 by bartschaff
Stupid, ridiculous decision. Nothing but stupid and ridiculous.
22:43 March 28, 2011 by toemag
What a shame. Guess I'll have to watch it on OFR1 then...

No matter what crap the day may have thrown at me, watching the Simpsons never failed to make me laugh, and get things back in perspective. If they wanted a reason to ban the Simpsons, the "Itchy & Scratchy" show would have been a more viable reason to do so.
23:43 March 28, 2011 by t-meister
This is no Thilo Sarrazin's "Deutschland schafft sich ab"...

it's a tv series cartoon.

way to go for political correctness! :P

let's send relief to Japan and solve the problem at hand rather than cut the Simpsons.
08:20 March 29, 2011 by OkieinBerlin
Hey Everybody, please go easy on derExDeutsche. He's a true American-style Paranoid Conservative, and facts have nothing to do with his world.
09:47 March 29, 2011 by freechoice
unchecked government powers will lead to abuse. now the only last hope for entertainment has been removed from the public. CDU and FDP must go!
09:54 March 29, 2011 by tallady
OkieinBerlin,,be careful Oki he will accuse you next of being the same person as all the other posters, and could explode with a profane rant.The only saving grace is that he is dim witted.
10:13 March 29, 2011 by Celeon
For god's sake, have you even read the article?

Not the Simpson's are banned. They just dont broadcast episodes which center on Homer doing funny nonsense at his workplace in the power plant. Homer causing a little leakage , Mr. Burns dumping some toxic waste in a lake ... such stuff.

Episodes which suggest radioactive accidents or meltdowns are somehow fun and do not really cause any harm.

A grown up gets the satire. But many children propably dont and think real power plants and accidents there are as harmless and funny as the ones in the Simpson's Springfield.

Parents feel it would be really bad taste to let their children laugh about homer causing a near Meltdown or taking some uranium rods home while people in Japan fear for their lifes at the same time.

The broadcasters obviously have similar feelings and sort those episodes out for the time being.
10:51 March 29, 2011 by moistvelvet

"plenty of simpsons working in nuclear power plants in Europe?"

No but apparently there were some Germans working at Fukushima reactor 4!! :-p


just to add to the list of corrections of all great things NOT invented by Americans, the Internet partly originated at the National Physical Lab in the UK.

Perhaps you could rewrite the list, here are a few suggestions you could proudly include: Obesity, KFC and errr Segway!
11:16 March 29, 2011 by danjwin
Surely the Simpsons' approach to nuclear fuel is a critical one, and therefore backs up the views of the Germans who are against it? Isn't this something Germans want to see - a popular television programme which shows the negative side of nuclear power plants?
14:09 March 29, 2011 by freechoice
knee jerk dumb assed politicians!

you will lose more votes if you have fears losing more votes!!!
14:52 March 29, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
@joshontour - It is not so much the empirical invention, it is developing a practical version. The French may have flown a steam-powered aircraft in 1890, but it could never have been made into a practical aircraft; same with Ford. He never claimed to invent the automobile, he just made it practical. Almost any "invention" in built on the shoulders of previous work by others.
18:23 March 30, 2011 by thesilentpsycho
This isn¦#39;t a German thing alone. In the UK an episode of stargate got replaced because of a character dying from radioactive poisoning.


As Joshontour pointed out electricity wasn't invented but discovered. But Benjamin Franklin didn't even do that. If there is anyone to be credited with the discovery of electricity it is the Englishman William Gilbert, though even then the concept had already been around for centuries. As to electricity in its modern form, then thanks belongs to the Hungarian Jedlik Ányos István for inventing the electric generator
07:31 April 3, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Alright, The point was made for effect. But really, all that stuff was invented somewhere else? cool man. I'm not pissed at you for it.
20:41 April 5, 2011 by pacali
@ derExDeutsche, nomatter what the Americans invented, in the end, it's the Europeans who invented the Americans.
15:16 April 6, 2011 by beeker
Wouldn¦#39;t want to cause angst among the populace. Come on the Simpsons is all about political satire.

The six latest full eposodes are available on hulu without editing.

I thought the Russians claimed to have invented all of the modern conveniences or is that inconviences.
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