Cheeky television show The Family Guy has stirred up a new controversy, this time getting itself banned from an entire country.
Government authorities in Venezuela are enforcing a boycott of the show after an episode that promoted the use of marijuana, the Associated Press reports.
Television stations have been threatened with fines if they don’t stop airing the show.
Earlier this week the show caused outrage at the Emmy Awards thanks to a violent clip showing one of the characters, Stewie Griffin, bashing Brian the family dog and flushing his head down the toilet.
“Originally I would have said this show was tired and boring. Definitely not entertaining,” said one reader on a New York Times blog.
“After just watching what was supposed to be a funny cartoon clip with Family Guy’s Stewie beating the dog into a bloody pulp, I can now call it disgusting.”
The controversy in Venezuela was sparked by an episode in which the Griffin family campaigned to legalise marijuana.
The politically-incorrect animated show has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards and has won three.
– Article from the The Australian.
Venezuela to fine networks that air ‘Family Guy’
by Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan authorities plan to impose fines on cable television companies that refuse to stop airing the animated television series “Family Guy.”
Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami says the program should be pulled from the airwaves because it promotes the use of marijuana.
El Aissami was outraged by a recent episode in which the show’s characters started a campaign to legalize marijuana.
He said Thursday that cable networks that broadcast “Family Guy” would be fined by Venezuela’s telecommunications regulator if they refuse to dump the program.
The government of President Hugo Chavez is preparing to impose new regulations on cable television. Among other rules, cable providers could be forced to carry Chavez’s frequent speeches.
– Article from the Associated Press.