European nations are beginning to yank any Simpsons episodes including nuclear gags in deference to the ongoing catastrophe in Japan. Broadcasters in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany are checking though upcoming episodes of the popular cartoon, which often features near-doomsday accidents at the nuclear reactor workplace of the series' beloved buffoon Homer Simpson. The opening credits show Simpson cavalierly tossing a radioactive fuel rod from his car as he drives home from work.
Episodes already jettisoned include "Madge Gets a Job," in which Marie and Pierre Curie die of radiation poisoning, and "On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister," in which characters josh about a nuclear meltdown. The German network showing the Simpsons has already yanked eight episodes, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (Read more Homer Simpson stories.)