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The Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK) has fined Turkish private broadcaster CNBC-E a total of 52,951 Turkish Liras for airing an episode of the animated sitcom "The Simpsons" in which God is shown to be under the command of the Devil, daily Hürriyet has reported.
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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K Elaine Kristin

1/1/2013 11:00:32 AM

@ Turk Uzan I thought you mad a good a good argument that more recent Simpsons episodes are not as funny as the older. True. But the Simpsons is not in the same league as South Park. In the U.S. South Park in on a different channel, which you will hear constant cursing, abuse of religious people and social liberal "news" like Jon Stewart. That is why some people are cancelling their cable TV in the USA and going to a program where they have more supervision of their children, like Netflix.

Zsazsa Zsu

12/7/2012 8:26:59 PM

Lara, you don't have to say that you're 'speaking as a Turk' because what you say speaks for itself :) Being a Turk myself, I heard this 'freedoms should have limits' thingy all my life. Turks should learn to live with the freedom of expression. As the Strasbourg Court describes it, freedom of expression applies not only to information or ideas that are favourable and inoffensive but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or a sector of the population.

Ryan James

12/4/2012 10:06:55 PM

Bizarre country

Turk Uzan

12/4/2012 9:12:18 PM

@ K Elaine, saying the Simpsons is made for Children is like saying Southpark was made for Children, which is not true .. The simpson may have been less crude and adult themed than South Park and Family guy .. but it's rapidly mimicking their behavior (especially family guy who took much of it's audience) These cartoons are simply not for children, they are for adults. They are rude, racist etc. They are meant for the jokes you can't make on regular TV shows because of all the sensitivities

Turk Uzan

12/4/2012 9:08:17 PM

K. Elaine, the Simpsons was "ALWAYS" meant to be an ADULT show not children's show, the show has themes such as sex, violence, drugs, alcohol, etc. Back in the day it was made with children in mind, this is true. But because of popular adult cartoon shows like Family guy, American dad etc. the Simpsons has lost much of it's audience. They first made Futurama which had more adult themes than Simpson and than they were forced put more of those themes in the Simpsons or to give up on the cartoon

Brit in Turkey

12/4/2012 8:47:54 PM

Also the Daily Telegraph and Guardian websites, but strangely not the Mail or Express.

Brit in Turkey

12/4/2012 8:05:16 PM

The BBC has picked up on this story and the one about the Ottomans (see their web site). Turkey's humiliation is complete.

Brit in Turkey

12/4/2012 7:35:55 PM

Nikos T. I do not often agree with you, but here goes. To add to your list: Some years ago there was an attempt to ban Noddy and Big Bears in the UK because they were accused of being homosexuals. And there is the case of Tintin being banned because of racism, and there was even an attempt on Watership Down as the bunnies were said to be not quite right. So this idiocy can happen anywhere.

lara ulusoy

12/4/2012 7:31:46 PM

Turdistan, speaking as a Turk myself, I would say that every freedom should have limits otherwise it will be chaos.

lara ulusoy

12/4/2012 7:19:58 PM

Mara, according the UN, the definition of a child is any human being under the age of 18 (skip 19 for the time being).Turdistan, I can't understand why you should be "embarrassed"!! We're all practising 'freedom of speech' remember? So let it all be.
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