Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Baywatch vs The Simpsons

News today that Venezuelan TV is replacing The Simpsons with Baywatch because the former is unsuitable for children.  To anyone who hasn't been to Venezuela that might seem a little odd - after all Pamela Anderson's boobs do seem to get in the way of life saving activities!  But my experience suggests that the Government probably cannot tolerate the candid satire of The Simpsons even when it usually isn't aimed at them or anything like them.  By contrast, Baywatch scenes can be seen all the time on beaches and around swimming pools.

Venezuelan women are recognized to be very attractive and have at least one Miss World that I am aware of.  But these days the percentage of women electing to have breast augmentation in the country is among the highest in the world.  Which possibly explains why Baywatch is the Government's program of choice.