Family Guy Marijuana Episode Banned in Venezuela
By The Australian – Friday, September 25 2009
Cheeky television show The Family Guy has stirred up a new controversy, this time getting itself banned from an entire country.
Government authorities in Venezuela are enforcing a boycott of the show after an episode that promoted the use of marijuana, the Associated Press reports.
Television stations have been threatened with fines if they don’t stop airing the show.
Earlier this week the show caused outrage at the Emmy Awards thanks to a violent clip showing one of the characters, Stewie Griffin, bashing Brian the family dog and flushing his head down the toilet.
“Originally I would have said this show was tired and boring. Definitely not entertaining,” said one reader on a New York Times blog.
“After just watching what was supposed to be a funny cartoon clip with Family Guy’s Stewie beating the dog into a bloody pulp, I can now call it disgusting.”
The controversy in Venezuela was sparked by an episode in which the Griffin family campaigned to legalise marijuana.
The politically-incorrect animated show has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards and has won three.
- Article from the The Australian.