Prosecutors in Moscow are trying to ban South Park because it bears "signs of extremist activity", "offends the honour and dignity of Christians and Muslims alike" and "could provoke ethnic conflict and spark inter-religious hatred".
A case is being brought against Russian TV channel 2x2 for broadcasting the episode "Mr Hankey’s Christmas Classics", which features South Park character Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo (pictured) introducing songs from, among others, Jesus, Father Christmas, Hitler and Satan.
The case was initiated by Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith, who we're guessing are the Russian equivalent of that pesky Stephen Green and his delightful group Christian Voice. Helpfully, a spokesperson for the group explained their objections: "South Park is just one of many cartoons that need to be banned from open broadcast. . . as it insults the feelings of religious believers and incites religious and national hatred."
Leaving aside for a moment such issues as the war in the Caucasus and America's proposed missile defence system, could this be one of the first shots in a new Cold War?
Of course, we had to share a clip from the offending episode. Enjoy.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
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