Hugo Chávez Bans Family Guy

Monday, September 28, 2009

When it’s not trying to get rid of golf courses, the government of President Hugo Chávez is going after popular American cartoon shows. Television stations in Venezuela have been told by government officials not to air episodes of Family Guy because it promotes the use of marijuana (the episode where Brian the talking dog starts a campaign to legalize the drug). Last year, Chávez warned TV executives about showing The Simpsons, because of its “messages that go against the whole education of boys, girls and adolescents.” If stations run episodes of Family Guy, they may be subject to fines by the government. One station, Televen, reportedly avoided a fine by replacing the show with episodes of Baywatch.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


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