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Doh! Rio blames it on The Simpsons

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  1. Seany boy!!!

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    Check this out :)

    From the Guardian:

    Doh! Rio blames it on The Simpsons

    Alex Bellos in Rio de Janeiro
    Tuesday April 9, 2002
    The Guardian

    When the Simpsons, America's favourite dysfunctional family, visited Brazil last week they made some offbeat observations.

    The cartoon characters found that Rio de Janeiro is a city where all men are bisexual, where fearsome monkeys roam the streets, and tourists are kidnapped by taxi drivers and mugged by children.

    The ironic humour was par for the course for a show that has poked fun at middle American stereotypes for more than a decade.

    Unfortunately, the Rio tourist board did not see the funny side and is preparing to sue the producers, Fox, for damage to its international image and loss of revenue. The issue threatens to become a diplomatic incident.

    The Brazilian president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, has entered the fray claiming that the cartoon "brought a distorted vision of Brazilian reality".

    The episode, watched by more than 11 million Americans last week, was called Blame it on Lisa, a take on the 1984 film Blame It On Rio.

    It follows the family from their home in Springfield to Rio to look for a poor orphan that Lisa, the sensitive daughter, is sponsoring. But as soon as they arrive Homer, the father, is kidnapped by a cabbie. Later, when he and his son Bart have a fruit juice they are mugged by a gang of children.

    In his hotel room, Bart is glued to a children's TV show, presented by a semi-naked blonde stripper, in which sexy dancers seduce the child studio audience. He is also attacked by monkeys on Copacabana beach.

    A statement from the Rio tourist board said that it has recently spent US$18m (£12.5m) promoting the city abroad and that the episode will have "drastic consequences" in the US market.

    Rio has severe social problems and high levels of violence, although these are generally restricted to certain areas. Attacks on tourists are rare and no one has ever been attacked by a monkey on Copacabana.

    Part of the anger in Brazil about The Simpsons is that, as well the stereotypes, there are many inaccuracies - Marge, the mother, finds that the local mode of transport is the "conga", which is a Caribbean dance. (She takes a conga to the hotel).

    Also, the family visits a samba school to learn the macarena - a Latin dance not performed in Brazil. There is also the penetrada, a fictitious and lascivious dance shown them by the teacher.

    Rio's tourist secretary, Jose Eduardo Guinle, said: "If Fox is so worried about Brazilian orphans and the poverty of our children, it should donate the profits of the episode to the city's social work programme."

    The tourist board is now studying how best to proceed with legal action.

    In January, the mayor of Rio threatened to sue a weather forecaster who predicted, wrongly, that there would be storms on New Year's Eve. The weather forecast kept crowds away from one of the biggest festivals of the year.
     
  2. Lex

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    Hmm, I think I will cancel my holiday to Rio this year - I do not wish to be attacked by monkeys! :(
    I hear Afghanistan is a good place for a holiday?

    I have been hoping for years that they would do a 'Simpsons come to the UK' episode - that would be great!

    The Rio episode actually sounds quite funny, which would make a change from most of the new Simpson episodes!
     
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    The one where they went down under, was really funny;)
     
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    The phrase "all publicity is good publicity springs to mind"....


    :D
     
  5. Seany boy!!!

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    BH, you should be watching the sky's:D
     
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    Oops, sorry. Nothing to report as I look out of the window:

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    :D :D :D
     
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    They did once. Mr Burns came with Homer to capture the Loch Ness monster. Can't remember if they suceeded or not.

    RDB :)
     
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    Simpsons Spoilers

    Of course they succeed. They get Professor Frink to drain the Loch with a handpump and transport Nessie back to Springfield slung under a helicopter. After putting him on show and the resulting mayhem Mr Burns gives him a job in the casino.

    It can only be the Simpsons...
     
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    as an australian i could have easily found that australian episode insulting (they seemed to try hard) but ultiately i found it amusing.

    i remeber though when the woman who plays lisa came to australia that episode had just aired recently, she appeared on a late night talk show and the first thing she did was very sheepishly apologize for that episode.

    she didnt seem to realize that we wave a good ense of humour about ourselves.

    nathan
     
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    Well how the hell, could anybody be upset by the simpsons? Brazil just have to be after a headline. Home and away does far more harm then the simpsons ever could :D
     

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