South Park is facing exile is Russia!
Well, maybe not exile per se, but a bunch of Russians wanna ban it…
Calling the series "extremist" after receiving viewer complaints, investigators filed a motion after deciding an episode broadcast on Moscow television station 2x2 in January "bore signs of extremist activity," said regional prosecutors office spokeswoman Valentina Titova.
“Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” is the episode in question, and was aired in Moscow in January. It features Satan, Adolf Hitler and Mr Hankey performing in a Christmas variety show, among other hilarious moments.
But it turns out that Russia passed a 2006 law widening the definition of extremism to include “the abasement of national dignity” and “inciting religious and national hatred.”
"In accordance with the conclusions made by experts from the court investigations committee, a claim has been filed against 2x2 for its broadcast of an episode of South Park," Titova said.
“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,” A spokesman for the Moscow prosecutors said. “It’s one thing if they are on cable TV and viewers pay money and make a conscious choice. But young children should not be able to turn on the TV after school and watch this. They need to be defended.”
South Park is dubbed into Russian and rebroadcast on local networks, including 2x2, a channel which broadcasts animated series in Moscow and St Petersburg. Incidentally, “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” was first broadcast in the United States on December 1, 1999….which juts goes to show ya how up to date they are is Russia!