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10/20/2005

Omar Simpson

Filed under: General,Media,World — Dangerous Dan @ 12:56 am

The Arab satellite network MBC has purchased the rights to air The Simpsons in Arab countries (in Arabic, of course). Homer has become Omar and Bart has turned into Badr. And it's not The Simpsons, it's Al Shamsoon. Other than the language, there will also be a few other changes. The Koran forbids references to things like bacon and beer, so those have got to go.

I know. Given those restrictions, you're probably trying to think of the one or two episodes that can still be aired. Not a problem – they'll just make minor modifications:

Homer Simpson's ubiquitous Duff beer will now be soda in the Arab version of the show.

Hot dogs will become Egyptian beef sausages, and donuts will become popular Arab cookies called "kahk." Moe's Bar has been completely written out of "Al Shamshoon."

Mmmmarrghhh… kahk. And what will become of Duff Man? I'm a little curious how they expect to get around not having Moe's Tavern since so many scenes take place there.

Fortunately, not everyone has gone mad:

With characters who are Jewish (like Krusty the Clown), Hindu (like Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu) and Christian (like the family's pastor, Rev. Lovejoy), Al Jean — "The Simpsons" executive producer — says those changes mean they aren't "The Simpsons" anymore.

"If he doesn't drink and eat bacon and generally act like a pig — which I guess is also against Islam — then it's not Homer," Jean said.

All I know is that I would pay good money to see The Simpsons spoof their portrayal as Al Shamsoon.

4 Comments »

  1. No kidding on that one. The Simpsons would have to have a good quip about a shotty version of their show.

    Comment by Sam — 10/29/2005 @ 3:34 am

  2. Al Shamsoon

    Dangerous Dan discusses the Arabic version of The Simpsons and all of the changes they will make to the show that should make it (in Bart’s words) “craptacular”. I agree that The Simpsons will be hard to replicate with good…

    Trackback by The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns — 10/30/2005 @ 11:41 am

  3. How does one say “D’oh!” in Arabic?

    Comment by Bob Waters — 11/4/2005 @ 12:15 am

  4. hi i love you don omar you are the best

    Comment by jenny — 11/15/2005 @ 4:33 am

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