“The Simpsons” cannot catch a break from Arab television.
The same Egyptian television channel that recently claimed that an episode of the popular show proved that the United States had conspired to cause the Arab Spring revolutions, is now claiming that the show was devised by Jewish lobbies and think tanks and financed by Rupert Murdoch.
The latest claims by Al-Tahrir TV aired on May 11 and were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
During the broadcast, host Rania Badawi claimed, “[The Simpsons] is a very influential TV series in the U.S. This animated series is an American production, behind which are basically-Jewish lobbies. I'd like to tell you that this animated series is for adults, not children. It deals with political, social, international, and local issues through its animated characters.”
She continued, “Even more important is the fact that the writers of this series belong to groups of think tanks. They are not written by regular people, using their imagination and their dramatic ability. Instead, they are written by think tanks, by people working in research. They write this series, which is highly influential in America.”
“It should be noted that this show is financed or produced by Fox News, behind which is Rupert Murdoch, the most influential and dangerous man in the world – just like Mister X, the Egyptian movie character [from the Egyptian 1973 action comedy "The Return of the Most Dangerous Man in the World"] – when it comes to finances and media,” claimed Badawi.
“He owns many media outlets and is one of the most influential people in the world. He is one of the people who determines who will become U.S. president and who will fail,” she added.
“Rupert Murdoch is one of the founders of several very powerful Jewish lobbies in the U.S. A perusal of his biography reveals that he was one of the strongest supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood at one point. All this was done by Rupert Murdoch, one of the main financiers of Fox News, which created The Simpsons series,” said Badawi.
“The Simpsons” has been targeted in the past by Turkey, where the Supreme Board of Radio and Television fined a local private broadcaster for airing an episode of the show which was deemed to be “making fun of G-d.”
In 2012, Iran ordered a ban of the Simpsons dolls, explaining that “we don’t want to promote this cartoon by importing the toys.”