Friday, May 19, 2006

Those craaazy Germans....

Forget the DaVinci Code causing a stir, wait 'till they get a load of this!:
The German division of youth television broadcaster MTV said it had decided to air the entire series of the cartoon "Popetown," which shows the pontiff as a pogo-stick-riding maniac.

Ignoring objections from Catholic bishops, the channel broadcast an initial episode last week and then sought the opinion of viewers and youth political groups on whether to show the remaining installments of the British-made series.

"Our decision is based in part on the reaction of the viewers who clearly voted in favor of its broadcast," an MTV statement quoted executive Elmar Giglinger as saying.

The first program went out after a court rejected an injunction filed by bishops from German-born Pope Benedict's home state of Bavaria aimed at preventing it from going ahead.
MTV also said that the FSF, a voluntary television regulator, had found no basis for a legal challenge.

British television channel BBC Three dropped the 10-part show in 2004, arguing that its comedy value was not enough to offset the potential offence it could cause to Catholics. The cartoon, made before Pope Benedict was elected last year, has also been broadcast in New Zealand.

The way I see it, it could be worse. They could be drawing little black moustaches on him and have him pogo-ing about the Vatican with a swastika armband...


Unknown said...

Ahh but would they try it with Allah??? I think not, or else me and my cabal of Islamites would open the mother of all can's of woopass on them!!!

Anonymous said...

I think showing the pontiff as a pogo-stick-riding maniac would be worth the risk :)