German TV censors Simpsons’ nuclear content

In light of real-life nuclear problems Japan is currently facing and widespread anti-nuclear protests in Germany, Pro7, the channel that airs The Simpsons in Germany, will be reviewing every episode of the show and removing any that feature references to nuclear disaster.

The Hollywood Reports says Networks in Austria and Switzerland have reportedly followed suit.

Austria’s ORF have already pulled two episodes it was due to broadcast Marge Gets a Job, which features Marie Curie and Pierre Curie dying of radiation poisoning; and On a Clear Day I Can’t See My Sister, which contains jokes about a nuclear meltdown.

Tagesspeigel newspaper says ORF has held back eight Simpsons episodes until the end of April, when it will review this censorship policy.

Pro7 nor Swiss network SF have not had to pull any Simpsons episodes yet, but both channels say they currently in the process of screening shows for “unsuitable” references to nuclear disaster.

Many episodes of The Simpsons contain references to nuclear power and accidents because of Homer Simpson’s job at Mr Burns nuclear power plant.

The first Simpsons shorts aired on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, a mere year after the Chernobyl disaster.