Family Guy Marijuana Episode Banned in Venezuela

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.

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im confused, is it family

im confused, is it family guy or venezuela that sucks?

family guy has gotten repetitive, and they do seem do just be trying to push the envelope lately but come one, banned by a entire country?
you know somethings wrong when events in the world start to mirror episodes of south park.

I bet they wouldnt ban it if

I bet they wouldnt ban it if it was a coke episode

They have already have

They have already have episodes completely revolve around cocaine. Kind of funny when you think of all the drug references, and it's weed that gets the censorship.

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WASHINGTON – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin emerged from a two-month absence

from public view in an unlikely manner: with a closed-door speech, heavy on foreign policy, to a group of

investors in Hong Kong.

Her 90-minute speech, delivered Wednesday to an investment conference, touched on issues from financial

markets to health care, Afghanistan and U.S-China relations. It was generally

considered more moderate in tone than those Palin delivered during her 2008 campaign for vice president as

id="lw_1253958940_3">Republican John McCain's running mate.

Still, a Democratic congressman chastised Palin for criticizing U.S. foreign policy during her first visit to

Asia.

"Leaving aside the propriety of criticizing the president while on her first trip to Asia, the assertion

that the United States is ignoring areas of disagreement with China is flat

wrong," said Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., chairman of the

id="lw_1253958940_8">House Foreign Affairs Committee. The administration regularly discusses a range of

issues with Chinese officials, Berman said.

Palin, who stepped down as governor July 26, is widely believed to be pondering a run for president. In a

straw poll this month, she finished in a four-way tie for second-place among

religious conservatives, trailing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Palin was paid an undisclosed amount, said to be in the low six figures, for the 90-minute speech at an

investment conference. She has said one of the reasons she resigned was to pay legal bills that have topped

$500,000. The speech was closed to reporters, but Palin later posted lengthy excerpts on her

id="lw_1253958940_11">Facebook page.

As to whether the speech helped or hurt Palin's prospects for a run for president in 2012, one prominent

Republican said that is the wrong question.

"This speech had very little to do with advancing her political career and more to do with advancing her

financial career," said former White House press secretary Ari

Fleischer.

Fleischer, press secretary under President George W. Bush and a self-

described Palin critic, gave the speech generally good marks.

"She's fortunate that she can have a soft landing like this and figure

things out from here," he said. "She can take care of her financial

future — which she's entitled to do — and figure out policy later."

In her speech, Palin urged China to "rise responsibly" and said the United States "cannot

ignore areas of disagreement" as the two countries move forward.

Fleischer called Palin's remarks well within the GOP mainstream and said receiving barbs from Democrats is a

net plus for Palin. "It keeps her front and center in policy debates,

and eyes on her," he said.

Gail Gitcho, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, called

Palin a galvanizing figure and an influential voice in the GOP.

"Sarah Palin is a big draw for a reason: Her message resonates with

Americans. Right now she is doing what she feels she needs to do to add her voice to the national debate,"

Gitcho said.

Before she quit with more than a year left in her first term as governor, Palin promised to keep her fans

updated on the social networking site Twitter, but so far there have been no

messages. Palin updates her Facebook page — which has about 900,000 followers

— once or twice a week, with items that alternately lash out at President Barack

Obama's health care policy or offer praise for

id="lw_1253958940_24">Constitution Day or the Jewish high holidays.

But mostly Palin operates from behind a veil. Her spokeswoman won't even say what state she's in.

id="lw_1253958940_25">The Washington Post reported that Palin spent a month in

id="lw_1253958940_26">California working on her book but has since left. Spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton

declined to comment.

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chavez is a scary man. there

chavez is a scary man. there is a documentary on PBS about him i watched and he gave me chills.

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