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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.

Comments (6)

Finally someone has viewed "The Simpsons" as I do. This show promotes disrespect for adults amongst children. And we wonder today why Children generally show no respect for adults!
I have grown up with this, being age 64.

Posted by Rolland Miller | April 9, 2008 11:42 AM

Pres. Chavez might be mad he has not got a cameo, yet... the irony for me would be that he may yet get his cameo!

Posted by C. Baduel | April 9, 2008 12:14 PM

SOme articles make it sound like Chavez personally didnt like the show, while others say that the station has been getting complaints.... witch way is it?
I thought Chavez allowed total freedom of the press in venezuela... and thats why the coup against him almost succeeded. Venezuelas media was spreading lies about him.

Posted by Kirb | April 10, 2008 3:19 PM

Well.. First of all I think it´s ridiculous that chavez pulled out the simpsons from tv.. and replaced it with baywatch! Cmon... seriously.. baywatch? This guy has problems. I dont know how people like him get to be president. He has no idea of how to be a president he just tries to be this doble of fidel castro. And venezuela does not have total freedom of press. He banned a whole network in venezuela. Look it up.

Posted by Lyle | April 14, 2008 11:29 AM

And "perhaps" the program was ordered off the air by extraterrestrial lizardmen from Orion. Chavez had nothing to do with this.

This was a programming change by one, and only one, channel, which it has all the discretion to do so. The simpsons are not banned in Venezuela. Other channels run the simpsons when they please.

He did not ban a whole network in Venezuela, in fact, that network that is mentioned in this thread still airs through cable. What the Venezuelan government did was not to renew its license to transmit over the public airwaves; something which other governments in the world do all the time without a bit of an outcry from anyone. So Radio Caracas can be seen over cable and they continue to rail against Chavez on a daily basis.

It's alright to be against socialism, but there is no need to use misinformation to paint Chavez as some sort of nutty banana republic dictator.

Posted by Lawrence | April 17, 2008 4:46 PM

first of all, it wasnt chavez, it was a decition made by congress and political authorities because of continous calls from parents. sencond it wasnt banned, it was just moved to a time that does not correlate with shows for a younger audience. third many other countires like mexico have done the same thing and nothing has been said because those countries are not millitary targets.

Posted by juan | April 18, 2008 12:42 AM

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