“The Simpsons” Feeling Aftershocks from Japan Nuclear Crisis
A few episodes of "The Simpsons" have been pulled from syndication in Austria in light of the ongoing nuclear situation in Japan. And some other countries may follow suit.
Obviously, "The Simpsons" has made a LOT of nuclear references since Homer works at a nuclear plant . . . and you know, is somewhat lazy and incompetent.
The Austrian network dropped a 1992 episode titled "Marge Gets a Job" . . . and one from 2005 called "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister." Those deal with radiation poisoning and nuclear meltdowns.
Meanwhile, stations in Germany and Switzerland are also considering a few cuts.
The company that syndicates "The Simpsons" has given U.S. stations a list of episodes that include potentially "sensitive material" . . . but as far as we know, no episodes have been dropped from the rotation here.
If it DID happen, "Simpsons" executive producer AL JEAN would be cool with it.
He says, quote, "We have 480 episodes, and if there are a few that they don't want to air for awhile in light of the terrible thing going on, I completely understand that. We would never make light of what's happening in Japan."
Jean says that no upcoming episodes will "even approach" the situation . . . but he adds that they're not going to shy away from mentioning the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
He explains, quote, "They're not about nuclear power. He's still going to work there. We have a rich universe in which we can do a million things and not touch on that."