>Nuke-Free Simpsons Episodes

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The German television station Pro7,

the channel that airs The Simpsons in Germany, will be screening current and future episodes of the show and remove or replace any that feature a disaster at Mr. Burns’ nuclear power plant.

Austria has followed suit: Calling them “unsuitable”, the Austrian public television company ORF has pulled two Simpsons’ episodes which were set to air in the near future, because the episodes included the topic of nuclear disaster. Wow. This seems a bit harsh, doesn’t it? The topic of nuclear mishap is a running gag through the entire series.

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6 Responses to >Nuke-Free Simpsons Episodes

  1. Anonymous says:

    >Not harsh – perhaps overly sensitive. I could see why a Japanese network might consider pulling the episodes.To a radiation victim (or victim's family), the episodes might be viewed as painfully frivolous.-Carlisle

  2. Marcellina says:

    >I would understand that if Japan did it. But how can it possibly help anyone if Austria does this? Oversensitive. Might as well just stop running the series, since every episode begins with Homer throwing a fuel rod out his car window.

  3. Anonymous says:

    >True!-Carlisle

  4. Mark R says:

    >That would be like banning the movie Harold and Maude because everyone has known a suicide and it could be upsetting to be reminded that it happens all the time.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >Are you all sure that they're withholding the episodes out of "sensitivity"?I suspect the more likely reason is that they don't want the uninformed populous thinking about it and rising up in opposition to Proposed new nuclear facilities.

  6. Marcellina says:

    >#Anonymous, Except that the populous here isn't so uninformed, which is why Austria has no nuclear plants itself (although it does import a small percentage of electricity from nuclear plants in neighboring countries, so we are not entirely nuke-free.)#Mark, I love that movie!

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