CINEMA-TV > The Simpsons’ fine is to protect children, not God, Turkish TV authority says


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Fining the private broadcaster that aired an episode of the popular American sitcom “The Simpsons,” which showed God at the beck and call of the Devil, was a move to protect children, head of Turkish Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK) Davut Dursun said in defense of the institution’s decision.
“We wanted to protect the children, not God,” Dursun said in a statement before making a speech at the “Media and Humor” conference.
“The slitting of one's throat, cutting one’s body into little pieces and encouraging murder,” Dursun said in reference to the findings of an expert report, adding the decision to fine the TV channel was made because children may be affected by these scenes.
Dursun underlined that RTÜK did not fine “The Simpsons,” simply the broadcaster who aired the episode in question on a day when children may be watching TV.

RTÜK said the fine had been levied due to CNBC-E “making fun of God, encouraging the young people to exercise violence by showing the murders as God's orders and encouraging them to start drinking alcohol on New Year's Eve night.”
“One of the characters is abusing another one's religious belief to make him commit murders. The bible is publicly burned in one scene and God and the Devil are shown in human bodies,” the RTÜK report said.
In another scene, God serves coffee to the Devil, which can be considered an insult to religious beliefs, according to the report, which explained the motive behind the fine.
“The Simpsons” is the longest-running U.S. sitcom and longest-running U.S. animated program.


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12/6/2012 10:57:27 PM

Good one, Thessalonian. You've made me laugh.

ege capulcu mustafa

12/6/2012 8:57:08 PM

Jffrey Gibbs and American American, I agree completely. The story of Sodom and Gommorah for example, is about the complete violent destruction of a community by God and further on incest between father and daughters. This tale, without the incest part is similarly repeated in the Koran, I believe. Many more such violent events are visited upon unbelievers by the supreme being. Therefore any stories, showing on TV, from the Bible and Koran should similarly be fined, just to uphold evenhandedness

mara mcglothin

12/6/2012 8:49:35 PM

BRIT IN TURKEY You are spot on and also Turkish parents don't discipline their children. They let them run loose in restaurants and would prefer the government to not allow them the possibility of watching something inappropriate. It makes there life easier since they have never said no to their kids. There are still parents in the USA that don't let their 9-12 children watch PG13 movies. I always thought whatever I chose to watch WITH my son was appropriate.

Brit in Turkey

12/6/2012 5:23:20 PM

lara ulusoy. "it was aired "at a time when children -any human being under the age of 18-, were watching!" The problem with Turkey, and in my experience most middle-eastern and Mediterranean countries, is that the children do not go to bed at reasonable times as they do in the UK.


12/6/2012 4:23:18 PM

I suppose a ban and or fines to those who broadcast Walt Disney cartoons is next as the latter are filled with violent altercations among their characters. For example the "Roadrunner, Tom and Jerry, etc... Let us not forget Karagöz and Hacivat while we are at it. Regards

Red Tail

12/6/2012 3:27:21 PM

Guney Levent. If you live in a free land you do have to see and listen to things you might not like. Just like the priest you mention. But how could this discussion take place last month, when the event described was reported today? Anyways, I am sure that the priest has now been to every institution in Lithuania trying to burn them down, killed a couple of people in the riot and then demanded the American president to stop it?

Brian Irlanda

12/6/2012 2:33:51 PM

The RTUK are trying now to defend an embarrassingly stupid decision.


12/6/2012 2:18:21 PM

This sounds like an episode of The Simpsons, there's some irony for you.

Guney Levent

12/6/2012 1:55:05 PM

@Red Tail Last month I received visit from our Lithuanian manufacturers. When we talked about the muslim reaction to the film. He said 'Our priest told us that he to would like to cry out his anger towards the spotting of Jesus and that the priest is jeaulous of the muslims'.

sam stevens

12/6/2012 1:51:58 PM

Then they wonder why so many mock Islam.
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