SBS TV who are a part of ProSiebenSat.1 AG Media, which is the second largest broadcast company in Europe with over 77 million recievers in 13 different countries, has decided that they will not air the Danish/Egyptian comedian Omar Marzouk’s series called “The Cell (Danish title: Cellen)”. Originally the series was named “The Terror Cell (Orig.Title: Terrorcellen)” but SBS got that changed, after awhile they decided they would not air it on their more popular Channel 5, but on their less seen Channel 6.
As the series was closing in on the date on where it would be aired, the makers of the series were asked to censor away some of their more controversial scenes. For example there is alledgely a scene where someone throws up on a bunch of Qurans, if that scene actually exists I cannot get confirmed or unconfirmed.
Eventually they pulled the plug, as they said, “Want to evaluate the terror risk.”
This would be fine if it was not because of one “minor” fact. The series is also financed by public money from the Danish Institute of Movies, with 4.5 million DKK (~0.9 mio US$) and because of that SBS TV has to live up to certain agreements, such as, atleast 50% of the Danish population must be able to watch it, no radical changes in the content of the series are allowed, and lastly the series most be shown within a year.
So far SBS TV has lived up to none of these agreements.
Omar Marzouk is supposely angry at SBS TV, and rightfully so in my opnion. As he said, he is not out ot create a new Muhammed Cartoon Crisis, but rather open a dialogue.
In my opnion, the most effective tool we got against religious fundamentalism, is humour. If we cannot laugh at how silly they are, what else can we do?
SBS TV can be contacted at http://www.sbstv.dk/kontaktpersoner feel free to tell them what you think.
I spent most of my week at my parent’s place with my son. It was okay, my niece and nephew were there aswell. They helped a lot with trying to run my son’s energy low. We got home late yesterday. We both slept like babies.
I missed my own bed so much that when I had laid down it did not take long before I went away into sleepy-land.
Tonight Marius’ mom will come and pick him up and spend the next week at her’s place.
Tomorrow school starts. Yeah!
On another note a lot of my favourite series has started again. I really like Dirty Jobs for example. South Park aswell.
I am still too tired to actually put sense into this entry.
I will try and make more Youtube videos.
This is an ongoing debate. Are one even able to discuss this, are they not two completely different series?
Recently though it seems like The Simpons are trying use some of the formula that the The Family Guy uses aswell, by shoving in random pieces that are far out.
Both series are about dysfunctional families in the American suburbia. The Family Guy has just added random non-fiction, like the Mayor Adam West being 95% helium and then floats away.
The Simpsons has been a bit more earth bound and tried to question certain things, and actually make it seem as if it was possible to do in real life.
Lately though they got random sequences that are “super-natural.”
So which shows does I think is the best?
Depends on how you define best, if you mean best by which have made me laugh the most, then it would The Family Guy.
The Simpsons however has stories and are better to tell them than The Family Guy where you easily get lost in all the gags and stupidity (but that is also fun).
They are both great series.
Comment with your view. Which is better and why?
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