First Barbie; now the Mullahs are going after Bart Simpson

Oh, the humanity of it! Not content with banning Barbie dolls from Iranian toy stores, the religious police are now targeting the iconic Bart Simpson for banishment. Reuters: The Simpsons are corroding the morals of Iranian youth, an official said on Monday, as dolls based on Bart, Homer and the rest of the American cartoon family joined the shapely Barbie among Western toys targeted by a new crackdown in Tehran. "The Simpsons dolls are merchandise from an animated series, of which some episodes are even banned in Europe and America," Mohammad Hossein Farjoo, whose agency oversees what Iranian children can play with, told the Sharq newspaper. He did not elaborate on what episodes might have been censored elsewhere. "We do not want to promote this cartoon by importing the toys," added Farjoo, whose full title is Secretary for Policy-making at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Tehran. Though Iran's economy is labouring under Western...(Read Full Post)