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Homer Simpson v. Hugo Chavez

by @ 5:03 pm on April 8, 2008. Filed under Dumbasses, Foreign Affairs, Television, The Simpsons

Personally, I’m betting on Bart:

Luxurious chest hair and little red trunks versus doughnuts and “D’oh!”. In the battle of the US television heavyweights, The Hoff has vanquished Homer.

Or at least in Venezuela, where The Simpsons has been ordered from television schedules by President Hugo Chavez after being deemed unsuitable for children. Controversial enough, but in an even more curious move its 11am timeslot has been handed to Baywatch, the show that launched a thousand adolescent dreams.

David Hasselhoff and his aerodynamic life-saving cohorts began their slow-motion jog across the nation’s screens on Friday morning, after a ruling that The Simpsons was in danger of breaching the Law of Social Responsibility in Radio and Television.

The National Telecommunications Commission said the show pushed “messages that go against the whole education of boys, girls and adolescents”. So far the regulatory agency, which reports to the government, has failed to explain why the cartoon family from Springfield poses more of a threat to the minds of Venezuelan children than a lifeguard falling out of her swimsuit.

Apparently, Homer Simpson is a counter-revolutionary.

I always knew there was a reason I liked the guy.

One Response to “Homer Simpson v. Hugo Chavez”

  1. Daniel Crespo says:

    In addition to “So far the regulatory agency, which reports to the government, has failed to explain why the cartoon family from Springfield poses more of a threat to the minds of Venezuelan children than a lifeguard falling out of her swimsuit.”, what people don’t know is that the venezuelan government is changing the education system: they are making the students go and ask the neighbors about their political views; “El Che Guevara”, a known terrorist, is part of what students in school are learning as an example of a good thing for Venezuela and the world.

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