Friday, May 5, 2017
Homer Simpson banned in Russia as episode of The Simpsons featuring Pokemon Go is deemed too controversial.
Homer Simpson has been banned in Russia with an upcoming episode of the satirical animation show The Simpsons that includes Pokemon Go won't be shown in Russia in which Homer plays a video game inside a church.
The Simpsons episode "Looking for Mr. Goodbart" has been banned after Russia's Orthodox Church apparently complained, and called the show "Hollywood propaganda".
The TV channel 2x2 said it will not show the episode because it could "compromise the network and cause controversy".
In the episode of The Simpsons Homer Simpson plays a game named Peekimon Get based on Pokemon Go, and enters a church looking for Peekimons.
A few months ago in September 2016, the Russian blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky walked in a church in St. Petersburg in Russia whilst playing Pokemon Go, and was arrested. He is now facing a possible jail sentence of between three and five years.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Russian archpriest Andrei Novikov said The Simpsons is "compromising Russian society" and that he wants Russia to show "more control over media products".