Some time over the weekend, the Iraq veteran street art in Lincoln Squarewas covered over. The original work was of a printed paste featuring Rodney Watson, a veteran “seeking refuge in Vancouver, Canada” who refuses to return to Iraq because of the rampant racism he saw there. Rodney Watson was covered up by a Black Eyed Peas poster promoting their new album, and by “God Bless America” lyric print-outs. Read the rest of this entry »
Hugo Chavez apparently doesn’t understand the first amendment or the idea of “free speech”. Tarek El Aissaimi, Venezuela’s Interior Minister, blasted the American government on state TV for influencing the American people through Family Guy. According to Venezuela, the US government controls the writers of Family Guy and is trying to get us all to smoke pot. In Venezuela’s warped version of the U.S., the government is trying to legalize marijuana and it’s the people who refuse.
Venezuelan state TV today broadcast an excerpt from “Family Guy” as an example of how the U.S. promotes drug use. “We can observe how [the U.S. government] promotes and incites the population to consume that drug there,” said Tarek El Aissaimi, Venezuela’s Interior Minister. “There’s no subliminal message. It’s an animated cartoon where you can observe perfectly how they promote consumption and moreover they foster the legalization of marijuana.”
This profound misunderstanding of censorship and government control of media is revealing, even more so when you consider the following item:
Venezuelan authorities plan to impose fines on cable television companies that refuse to stop airing the animated television series “Family Guy.”
The government of President Hugo Chavez is preparing to impose new regulations on cable television. Among other rules, cable providers could be forced to carry Chavez’s frequent speeches.
via Associated Press
Seth MacFarlane, you know you’ve hit the big time when you start getting banned in other countries.
And here is the offensive Family Guy clip, from their 420 episode.