In 'The Simpsons', Bungling Homer Simpson works at disaster-prone Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, which is run by money-grabbing Mr Burns. It is a running joke that safety at the plant, which has blown up or come close to meltdown several times, is notoriously slack. Homer is a Nuclear Safety Inspector, but repeatedly puts the town at risk by neglecting his duties and falling asleep.
Now, several European TV channels have banned episodes of 'The Simpsons' that contain jokes about nuclear meltdown. Other channels across the world German channel Pro7 was the first to stop the fun. ORF in Austria and SF in Switzerland were quick to follow suit. The Austrian channel is thought to have taken the most extreme action, banning eight episodes until a review next month.
However, the censored shows include one that features scientists Marie and Pierre Curie dying of radiation poisoning and another, which contains jokes about a nuclear meltdown. Meanwhile, the critics of the European killjoys insist the show is harmless and cannot be compared to the situation in Japan.