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Network ordered to apologize for Bugs death scene

Elmer Kills Bugs on Family Guy

Elmer Kills Bugs on Family Guy

Canada’s Global Television network has been made to apologize to viewers for giving them insufficient warning about a Family Guy spoof in which Elmer Fudd kills wascally wabbit Bugs Bunny at wast.

A 2006 episode, Stewie B. Goode, has a bloody, protracted scene in which Elmer shoots Bugs four times, then breaks his neck.

Although the network satisfactorily warned viewers about the show’s sexual content and bad language, it didn’t let them know in advance of the violence, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled Thursday.

The code was not violated by the episode itself, the regulator said.

The contentious episode aired at 5 p.m. last July 23. The council said that “there was a spoof of a Bugs Bunny cartoon in which Elmer Fudd shot Bugs at close range with a rifle. Bugs screamed and gripped his chest as blood poured out of him. He died in a prolonged and dramatic manner, after which Fudd twisted Bugs’ neck and dragged Bugs’ lifeless body by the ears through a pool of blood.”

The lack of warning was the problem, not the violence, said the CBSC.

“The panel finds that the scene was definitely somewhat gruesome and uncomfortable to watch,” the broadcast regularator declared. “It recognizes, however, that the scene was intended to satirize the violence found in that type of cartoon program. The gag was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, since Family Guy itself is an animated program that sometimes contains violence.”

The same evening, a male complainant was offended by the “extremely adult language” in the episode — particularly by talking baby Stewie discussing shaving his genitals, and the use of several profanities and the word “porno.”

The viewer said that much of the material was unsuitable for children and should be restricted to airing after 9 p.m. Currently, a “late viewing period” is in place for offensive material in Canada, restricting such shows to timeslots between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Global replied by admitting that Family Guy “tends to push the envelope at times in an attempt at humor.” But the network pointed to its decision to show an age 14+ advisory, along with viewer advisories aired after commercial breaks.

Nonetheless, the viewer sent more letters of complaint on three separate times between August and November.

Though blasting the contents of the program as being in “poor taste,” the panel said that the warning of strong language was enough.

“The National Conventional Television Panel has concluded that none of the substance of this Family Guy episode was in breach of the Codes,” it wrote.

“It recognizes, however, that many viewers would find elements of this program to be in poor taste. In addition to the categories of content discussed above, the panel notes that some viewers might find the scenes of the man eating dinner in a bathroom stall and Stewie throwing up on [animated dog] Brian to be disgusting and tasteless. Such matters of taste do not amount to code violations.”

Still, the CBSC ruled, the frequent advisories from Global didn’t cover all the content that might bother viewers: “The wording of the advisories… referred only to ‘language and content some viewers may find offensive.’

“The Panel does conclude… that the violent scenes (particularly the Bugs Bunny scene) were unsuitable for children. Global should have, therefore, mentioned violence in its advisories and the failure to do so constitutes a breach of Article 5 of the CAB Violence Code.”

Global now must tell viewers during prime time — within three days of the council’s decision — that it violated the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Violence code. The same message must air again within seven days in the time slot that Family Guy was broadcast.

The announcement must read: “The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has found that Global violated the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Violence Code in its broadcast of Family Guy on July 23, 2011. The episode contained scenes of violence and Global failed to mention violence in its viewer advisories. Global violated Article 5 of the Violence Code.”

Puss in Boots declawed for release in Arab nation

Puss In Boots

Puss In Boots

Dreamworks Animation’s “Shrek” spinoff movie “Puss in Boots” has been given a name change for release in the United Arab Emirates.

But the Mideast country’s National Media Council says that renaming the film Cat in Boots had nothing to do with censorship.

A council source says that it wasn’t involved in the decision at all.

“I can say 100 percent, even 1,000 percent that we have had nothing to do with this film. We have not received any complaints about the name and we have not contacted anyone asking them to change it,” the source said.

The Hollywood studio made the decision to change “Puss” to “Cat,” and the National Media Council was not involved in discussions, the source added.

Earlier reports suggested that UAE censors had demanded that “Puss” be scratched.

Cat in Boots — as it was renamed — opened late last month in UAE movie houses.

Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) – Cartune Theatrical Series

From Walter Lantz’ Cartune series, “Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat” is one of the cartoons that is a victim of it’s times, and is not shown anymore for fear of offending viewers ~

Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) - Cartune Theatrical Series

Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) - Cartune Theatrical Series

Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) – Cartune Theatrical Series

Lazytown (population 123½) is a sleepy Southern burg along the banks of the Mississippi that’s home to some outrageously stereotyped blacks. Everyone is lazy here- even the fish! The all-black townspeople nap and attract flies. They fall asleep in the middle of fistfights, and the dogs don’t have the energy to chase the cats. A riverboat pulls up at the dock, and a jazzy young lady from Harlem steps off. She starts looking around Lazytown. Needless to say, the men come to life. The sexy young lady teaches the locals about hot rhythm, singing the swinging title tune. The black mamas are scrubbing their kids, and they get into the swing of it. A washerwoman becomes confused when she hears the singer, and her scrubbing becomes frantic.

A boy bites into a huge slice of watermelon. A number of musicians take up the melody, and an old man with a cane becomes activated by the music. Soon, everyone’s moving to a Harlem boogie beat, dancing, scrubbing clothes and eating watermelon. The town has come to life, and swings so much that even the underwear climbs out of the washtub to dance. The ship’s captain sounds the whistle and yells “All aboard!” to indicate that the ship is about to depart. The pretty lady gets back on the boat, leaving Lazytown a jumping place.

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