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alexvilagosh

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« Reply #40 on: 07-25-2003 07:25 »
« Last Edit on: 07-25-2003 07:25 »

They just showed this episode here in Australia for the upteenth time. It's funny too bad you guys keep on missing it.
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« Reply #41 on: 07-25-2003 07:49 »
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I'm also in Australia (2 or 3 hours behind Alex's timezone though) and it's on here right now. It's a shame you don't get to see it - it truly is the standout episode of Season 9. So many funny moments. It would be hard to air it without any WTC references, as one scene envolves Homer running to the top of Tower A for a bathroom, only to find out it's not working and he has to use Tower B's bathroom.   tongue

Still, I'm sure the episode is quite possible to reach through other ways - wink wink, nudge nudge.   wink

Even so, they shouldn't just skip the episode just because it contains footage of the twin towers. Sure, SOME people may be offended, but still - all WTC scenes in this episode are in perfectly non-offensive context. I mean, jeez - they're allowed to make tons of movies about real wars which claimed millions of lives, but they're not allowed to show this one episode because it contains footage of the WTC? That's just idiocy, no matter how hard they're trying not to offend viewers.
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« Reply #42 on: 07-25-2003 10:46 »

In my area, City of New York vs. Homer Simpson also seems to have been pulled from syndication.  Luckily I was able to....um....acquire the episode.  PC-ness had gone totally out of control.  What'll be next?  All these PR people oughta be fired.
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« Reply #43 on: 07-25-2003 11:12 »

man that episode is funny
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« Reply #44 on: 07-25-2003 15:43 »

I agree with Stuart totally. It's been two years since the WTC attacks and they should be celebrated as a sign of American strength. Yet the way these program people have reacted you'd think it was the apocolypse. Now I don't think there has ever been such a mass hysteria to any other event in the history of the world. Do we pretend Japan never existed after dropping two atomic bombs on them and killing many times more people than the WTC attack.

Sorry if it sounds like I'm being heartless, but to me 9/11 is now history and I've got over it.
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« Reply #45 on: 07-25-2003 20:31 »

Damn right Archie, when I first saw those two smokin towers on Sky News I said:
"Oh crap, they'll never let this die."

What about the other two controversial Simpsons, the marijuana and the gun episodes, I hope they make it to DVD.
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« Reply #46 on: 07-25-2003 20:57 »

Have you brits seen those other two ones yet? We saw the marijuana one at a 'special time' of 9:30 or something, and the other one is just on in general rotation.
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« Reply #47 on: 07-26-2003 04:12 »

Another controversial episode is the one where Homer and Marge start "snuggling" in almost-public places, and end up naked in the middle of a spectactor-filled stadium. Even though they rated it M over here and have to put it on late whenever it's on TV, I also have an official video of it (called "The Simpsons: Too Hot For TV", which also features the gun episode) and the video is rated PG! Sometimes TV stations can be so stupid.
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« Reply #48 on: 07-26-2003 07:23 »
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Just sometimes?

Update
- The Cartridge Family is completely un-banned by BBC now (it was just Sky who got offended by it a few years ago; they might have been trying to make more money for their video, although that's just a crazy conspiracy theory apparently).

- I've seen Weekend At Burnsie's (the marijuana ep) three times, all after 9pm, although apparently it was shown at 6.30 like all new episodes when it premiered.
Sky One have started to show Simpsons episodes at 10/11pm on a regular basis now (it's their most highly-watched show, so why not?), so they'll be able to get away with showing the episode post-watershed without many people noticing.
As I said on my site, the two episodes have something in common - they both deal with a controversial political issue, and at times the makers present a controversial viewpoint.
The trouble with the marijuana episode is, it'll be Channel 4, not BBC, that show it in a few years. And we all know about C4 censorship...

- As for NY v Homer, god I hate those stupid PC nuts so much! Damn their asses to hell.
If Network 2 Eire showed it, why can't BBC? Ireland has far more connections with New York than Britain (St Patrick's Day / the large numbers of Irish who've moved there etc), and if showing of the episode didn't spark a huge uprising in Ireland, then chances are it won't here either.
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« Reply #49 on: 07-26-2003 07:37 »

I actually have seen Weekend At Burnsie's shown on Sky before 9PM...

Censorship of The Simpsons is bizarre to say the least...in one of the TOTH episodes, Homer says "You bastard, he's always one step ahead!". This line was not cut by the BBC when shown at 6:00PM. However, a later episode where Apu says "You magnificant bastard! I salute you!" got cut by the BBC.

And Sky cut both lines (very, very badly)...
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« Reply #50 on: 07-26-2003 09:04 »

Over here - we get a Simpsons repeat daily at 6:00pm. However, since it's on so early, they do cut some sections to make it G-rated. I've only really noticed with episodes I've got on tape though. Here are some lines out of scenes I've seen cut:

In the Simpson & Son "Love Tonic" episode, Homer is at the mall trying to sell the product. He says this to a passer-by:  "Excuse me sir... you look like a man who needs help scoring with his wife" and the man punches him in the head and walks away. When they show it at 6:00pm, Homer just says "excuse me, sir" and then it cuts to the man punching him in the face - destroying all the humor from that joke!

In the Hullabalooza episode, Homer tells the vet that "dying will be a soul groove." That line is also cut from the G-rated version. However, Homer stands up off the bed when he says that line - so it cuts to him from lying down straight to him standing up! Also cut from that episode is when Bart asks Homer what religion he's in, and Homer replies "The one with all the well meaning rules that don't work out in real life... you know... Christianity!" In the cut version, they leave that line in, but they cut out the bit where he yells out "Christianity!" because some viewers may have got offended by it. However, any regular viewer would know that Homer's christian - so the joke is just as offensive when cut! If they're trying not to offend anyone, they should have just cut the whole line instead, those idiots.

In the episode where Santa's Little Helper needs that stomach operation, Apu and his... well, I think it's either his brother or his cousin, I'm not sure. Anyway, Apu hands him a bullet-proof vest and tells him to prepare for the night shift. Apu's relative replies "Okay, but if I die - promise you won't sleep with my wife" and then Apu says "I promise nothing." As expected, they cut the "sleep with my wife" line out, but they still left in Apu's "I promise nothing" line, leaving that scene to make no sense!

These are just a few examples of how censoring certain lines can really make a scene seem weird. Anyone got any other examples?
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« Reply #51 on: 07-26-2003 09:25 »
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I cant think of any off hand, but i have definatly noticed it before.... also i noticed a pretty long time ago when Homer Vs NY was on here, they cut out the 'I cant feel my legs' bit, and i cant think of any motive as to why... except maybe to save time...
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« Reply #52 on: 07-26-2003 16:29 »

Maybe those cuts were for time (so they could cram in more adverts) in syndication? On snpp.com they list syndication cuts.
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« Reply #53 on: 07-27-2003 00:09 »

Well, I'm pretty sure the ones I listed were because they were a bit too offensive for G-rated shows, I'm just saying that the way they were cut was just plain half-assed and really distorted the scenes. Although the one Rage Dump mentioned was most likely to save time...
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« Reply #54 on: 08-27-2003 01:42 »

i wish they would still show that episode. it was one of the best episodes of the simpsons.
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« Reply #55 on: 08-27-2003 14:12 »

I saw it a few days ago on Network 2 here.
I think it's safe.
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« Reply #56 on: 08-28-2003 20:17 »

I didn't see any responses labeled as originating in the States, so if I missed one and am being repetitively redundant, I ask your forgiveness.  At any rate, regarding "NY v Homer", I haven't seen it aired anywhere here since 9/11.  It's a real shame, too, since it has one of the best songs of the series in it:  "I'm Checking In".  (Shh.  They're strapping down Liza Minelli!)
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« Reply #57 on: 08-29-2003 04:15 »

It aired here about two weeks ago on Fox at 6:30. Of course, Philadelphians weren't really affected by 9-11. The situation may be different in NY and DC.
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