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In the Loop: April 8, 2008 Archive

No more "Simpsons" in Chavez's socialist paradise

Posted at 4:20 PM on April 8, 2008 by Jeff Horwich (6 Comments)

Venezuela's "Televen" TV network is pulling The Simpsons from the air because of listener complaints. And perhaps presidential decree....

Apparently it has been deemed inappropriate for children by the national communications regulatory agency.

Well, we all know that. What's troubling is that it has been replaced with Baywatch. Does that really make more sense in an 11 a.m. slot?

The official Associated Press version makes no mention of it, but other news outlets (such as The Times of London) suggest that President Hugo Chavez ordered the show removed.

Bet he was mad he had not yet been given a cameo.

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