A little more than a week after a Venezuelan TV station pulled a daily broadcast of The Simpsons amid viewer complaints of failing to be socially responsible programming – replacing it, ironically enough, with the jiggly bastion of family-friendly viewing that is Baywatch Hawaii – the cartoon series has made it back on the air.
Televen returned Matt Groening’s brainchild to the airwaves Wednesday night, this time running the series at 7 p.m. as opposed to its previous scheduling of 11 a.m., when it was apparently consumed by an impressionable and much younger demographic.
The Beeb has more:
The National Telecommunications Commission also said the channel would be taken off air if it failed to move the show from its 1100 slot.
It claimed the saga of Homer Simpson, wife Marge and their three children flouted regulations that prohibit “messages that go against the whole education of boys, girls and adolescents“.
It looks like the Venezuelan censors never caught on to the idea that The Simpsons are “quite an anarchic and liberal-left assault on that idea of the family“.
Let’s get this straight: The Simpsons got pulled off the 11AM time slot because they weren’t “socially responsible”, and Babewatch Hawaii is. But now the Simpsons are back at 7PM instead. You must admit, you can’t say that Babewatch Hawaii (or any of the Babewatches) doesn’t go against the whole of anyone’s education; to the contrary.
I’m blinded by the brilliance of their logic. Mr. Spock would have been proud.
In other Venezuelan news, Venezuela is now the biggest importer of foreign weapons in South America, and ninth world-wide, and A First Nations chief from southern Manitoba is asking Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for $1 million to fight for pipeline royalties. With bills like that, no wonder Hugo needs his money, pronto.