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Offlinemonoamine
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Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening
    #2056053 - 10/30/03 04:04 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)


NEW YORK (AFP) - Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel threatened to sue the makers of "The Simpsons" over a parody of the channel's right-wing political stance, the creator of the hit US television show has claimed.

In an interview this week with National Public Radio, Matt Groening recalled how the news channel had considered legal action, despite the fact that "The Simpsons" is broadcast on sister network, Fox Entertainment.


According to Groening, Fox took exception took a Simpsons' version of the Fox News rolling news ticker which parodied the channel's anti-Democrat stance, with headlines like "Do Democrats Cause Cancer?"


"Fox fought against it and said they would sue the show," Groening said.


"We called their bluff because we didn't think Rupert Murdoch would pay for Fox to sue itself. So, we got away with it."


Other satirical Fox news bulletins featured in the show included: "Study: 92 per cent of Democrats are gay... JFK posthumously joins Republican Party... Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple..."


While the lawsuit never materialized, Groening said some action was taken.


"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news," he said.


"The Simpsons," featuring the dysfunctional family of patriarch Homer Simpson and his rowdy brood, is now in its 14th year and is expected to become the longest-running situation comedy in US history in 2005.


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: monoamine]
    #2056212 - 10/30/03 04:55 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Thats an even stupider reason then when they sued Al Frankin. Jesus Christ, you'd think they would know how to take a joke, since they are one.


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: monoamine]
    #2056215 - 10/30/03 04:58 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

:lol: LOL!  I saw that episode and laughed my ass off during that part!  Talk about irony!


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: silversoul7]
    #2056533 - 10/30/03 09:55 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

this only makes me love the simpsons more.

why did they try to sue frankin? his book?


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: monoamine]
    #2056579 - 10/30/03 10:24 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)


"We called their bluff because we didn't think Rupert Murdoch would pay for Fox to sue itself. So, we got away with it."





Why would Fox sue themselves?


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: Demon]
    #2056835 - 10/30/03 12:47 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

I thought you couldn't sue over parody?

I really despise Fox News.


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: Twirling]
    #2056862 - 10/30/03 01:00 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

what's really sad is that you could get a better grasp of reality from watching the Simpsons than from watching FOX news.


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: infidelGOD]
    #2057087 - 10/30/03 02:36 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news," he said.

Good. I have trouble distinguishing between animation and reality.


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: Rose]
    #2057177 - 10/30/03 03:06 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

Good. I have trouble distinguishing between animation and reality.




Yeah, the other day I freaked out and thought the supermarket was Mortal Kombat, so I ripped out the cashier's heart and uppercut her into a pit of spikes.
:lol: :lol: :lol:


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: DoctorJ]
    #2057404 - 10/30/03 04:05 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

FINISH HER!


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Re: Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening [Re: Rose]
    #2057449 - 10/30/03 04:17 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Nice Job FOX, keep on trying to bury exposure of your impartiality while inadvertantly spreading the satire to more people.  I missed that episode, but now I get to laugh at FOX's expense :smile:


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