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Vladimir Putin v. Eric Cartman

by @ 9:32 am on September 8, 2008. Filed under Dumbasses, Foreign Affairs, Russia, South Park, Television

First it was Hugo Chavez going after The Simpsons.

Now, we learn that there’s no room in Vladimir Putin’s Russia for satire:

SouthParkMOSCOW (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Russia want to ban the award-winning satirical U.S. cartoon South Park, calling the series “extremist” after receiving viewer complaints, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

South Park, a cartoon aimed at adults and featuring a group of nine-year olds in a Colorado ski town, has courted controversy from its 1997 debut, parodying celebrities, politicians, religion, gay marriage and Saddam Hussein.

Basmanny regional prosecutors office spokeswoman Valentina Titova said investigators filed a motion after deciding an episode broadcast on Moscow television station 2×2 in January “bore signs of extremist activity.”

“In accordance with the conclusions made by experts from the court investigations committee, a claim has been filed against 2×2 for its broadcast of an episode of South Park,” Titova said.

How long before this ends up in an episode ?

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