D'oh! Iran Bans Homer Simpson Doll
Like Barbie, Homer's on the outs in Tehran
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2012 3:38 PM CST
This image, supplied by 20th Century Fox, shows Homer Simpson having trouble with wolves in "The Simpsons Movie."   (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Matt Groening)

(Newser) – Maybe the Supreme Leader doesn't giggle at lines like "Homer no function beer well without" and "I felt a surge of power … like God must feel when he’s holding a gun." But whatever the reason, Iranian officials have placed the Homer Simpson doll alongside Barbie on the nation's no-buy list, the AP reports. "We do not want to promote this cartoon by importing the toys," says an official at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.

Iran has tried to fend off Western cultural influence since the 1979 Islamic revolution, and apparently defined its toy ban with that in mind: no distinguishable genitals, no adult toys, no toys that belt out tunes in the voices of Western singers, and no kitchen sets with glasses for drinking booze. Spider-Man and Superman, however, are OK: "They help oppressed people and they have a positive stance," the official says.

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Feb 7, 2012 2:29 PM CST
what? - they only want positive role models and not idiots? but then who's gonna complain about high tuition and then boycott lending institutions?
Feb 6, 2012 8:31 PM CST
maybe Iran was embarrassed of the similarity to their own nuclear workers?
Feb 6, 2012 8:05 PM CST
Let's not forget "Maybe it's the beer talking, Marge. But you've got a butt that won't quit. They've got these big chewy pretzels here (undecipherable slurring) five dollars?! Get outta here!", "So I says, red M&M, blue M&M, they all come out the same color in the end.", "Donuts, is there anything they *can't* do?", "Kids, your daddy and his daddy are involved in a very sticky, nutty, chewy, chocolatey -- put it away, boy! -- situation.", "I am so smart! S-M-R-T... I mean S-M-A-R-T!", "Ooh...inanimate, huh? I'll show him inanimate!", "Hello, is this President Clinton? Good! I figured if anyone knew where to get some Tang, it'd be you. ...Shut up!" The funny part of this is I've known a few Iranian ex-pats living in the U.S. (they all eventually obtained U.S. citizenship). I'm trying to think of *one* that didn't laugh @ Homer & the Simpsons :-) . . . Nope, ok, I can't think of one who *didn't* find Homer hilarious (lol) (Iran listen to your ex-pats living abroad, they think Homer is hilarious - lol)