Diversity of Censorship…Channel 4 censors the word gay from daytime broadcasts of The Simpsons

Posted: 8 November, 2012 in TV News
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The Simpsons Complete Fifth Season Channel 4 has admitted to editing the word ‘gay’ out of The Simpsons as the word was judged inappropriate for transmission before 6pm.

The term was removed from a Sunday lunchtime showing of a 1994 episode called Homer Loves Flanders .

In the episode Homer Simpson goes to an American football match with his God-fearing neighbour Ned Flanders but is initially embarrassed to be seen with him. The pair bond and Homer yells: I want everyone to know that this is Ned Flanders … my friend!

His workmates Lenny and Carl overhear him and Lenny says: What d’he say?

Originally Carl replies: I dunno. Somethin’ about being gay.

But on Sunday his line was cut and the episode switched to advertisements after Lenny speaks.

Channel 4 told The Independent claimed that it was a ‘mistake’ was caused by an overly cautious compliance checker.

Channel 4’s gay censorship seems to be somewhat at odds with the fine words on their website:

Diversity in TV and the media, it’s a big subject – and a top priority for us at Channel 4. After all, a key part of our remit is to appeal to people whatever their culture, nationality, religious persuasion, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, race or age

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