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Old 04-08-2002, 20:26   #1 (permalink)
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Some people take cartoons far too seiously

• Rio 'has a cow' over Simpsons show


[Rio De Janeiro, April 8] - Can a city sue a cartoon character? The city of Rio de Janeiro is apparently planning to do just that when it brings charges against the Simpsons - the zany American cartoon family - for overstepping yet another boundary of good taste.
The city plans to sue Fox Cable International for damages and would use the money to finance social work in its slums, according to the city's tourism director, Jose Guinle.

In the offensive episode - Blame it on Lisa - which ran last Sunday in the US, Bart Simpson and his family travel to Rio to visit a slum child supported by Lisa through small donations. In the cartoon, the orphanage's dirty children are attacked by hordes of monkeys.

"If they are so concerned about our poverty and orphaned children, then they should put all the income from this episode into our city to help the poor," Guinle was quoted as saying.

The episode pokes fun at Rio, and shows a transport system that consists of Conga dancers, a boa constrictor that eats Bart on Rio's famous landmark mountain, and mice and rats stopping pedestrians from crossing a street. The episode, which has not yet run in Brazil, also has daddy Homer kidnapped by a taxi driver and mother Marge sexually harassed in a police station.

Rio last year spent nearly $9-million promoting its image abroad.
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Oooooh deeeeeeer some people do take cartoons abit too far, whats going to happen next, PI's sueing Hannabarbra because of Scooby Doo?

I think AP will be introuble there. :s3 :s3
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Maybe Australia should sue as well then if they win the case.

Utter stupidity.
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Another entry in the WTF File... Humans have become far too sensitive & namby pamby. Time for the world to get a life eh!
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Old 04-08-2002, 23:29   #5 (permalink)
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i wonder how much they have made from advertising from screening the other billion simpsons episodes in the country?
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geezz it is all in fun to make us laugh thats all
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geezz it is all in fun to make us laugh thats all
Exactly! What about South Park? That show is designed to offend one group or another. And they do it well!:s3

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Err that's the most stupid thing Ive read all day.

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Maybe Australia should sue as well then if they win the case.

Utter stupidity.
Yep I agree. We would have just as much chance of winning. I havnt seen that episode, but surely some poeple tok offence to bart saying "is that a dingo eating your baby".
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Well maybe if they're less concerned about fussing over a cartoon episode and promoting themselves as what they're clearly not, they might be able to do more for thier poor in the slums!!
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While they're at it.. lets hit up Bob the Builder again. This planets lost the plot..
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