In Soviet Russia, Channel Will Edit ‘Simpsons’ to Comply With Media Law

From The Moscow Times:

One day after reports surfaced that two classic Soviet cartoons could be edited to ensure that they do not run afoul of a new media law, a popular cartoon channel announced that it would cut violent scenes from Western hit “The Simpsons” and move “South Park” to a different time slot to comply with the legislation.

The head of 2×2 television, Lev Makarov, said the network would “retouch” some episodes of “The Simpsons” to meet the requirements of a new law regulating children’s programming.

The law, which was passed in 2010 and comes into effect Saturday, stipulates that programs containing scenes of violence be deemed appropriate only for children aged 16 and older, and only if the scenes contain a “negative attitude” to the violence.

The law also says that programs containing scenes of drinking, drugs and other vices qualify as “adult programming,” which can be aired only after 11 p.m.

Some episodes of “The Simpsons,” an American creation about a middle-class family living in a suburban town, contain scenes from a show called “Itchy and Scratchy,” a darkly humorous parody of the “Tom and Jerry” cartoon about a cat chasing a mouse. Itchy and Scratchy, also a cat and a mouse, repeatedly harm each other in absurd, graphically violent ways.

2×2 said in a statement late Wednesday that “Itchy and Scratchy” episodes would be removed from “The Simpsons.”

The broadcaster said “South Park” will begin to be shown only after 11 p.m.

The Moscow Times