The Russian government is moving to ban South Park, The Simpsons, and Family Guy for corrupting the young.
Government prosecutors sent 2×2, the cartoon network that airs the shows, a cease and desist order early this month. And last week, 2×2 was in court, defending an episode of South Park deemed “pornographic, extremist and immoral” by the Kremlin.
In the episode, “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics”, a talking feces hops around with a Santa Claus hat, giving presents to children. Prosecutors say it promoted religious hatred and has pressed charges against the station for propagandizing “violence, cruelty, pornography and anti-social behaviour.”
The Russian government has an alternative: a station that would better “reflect the state position in the area of youth policy.” And one that would replace the beloved cartoon network.
Their suggestion? A government-funded TV channel to teach “patriotism” (yep), “family values” (ehhh) and “the importance of sport” (?).