Russian Channel Censors ‘Itchy and Scratchy’


It looks like Russians are not going to be able to enjoy the super-violent Itchy & Scratchy segments on The Simpsons, thanks to a new law banning displays of violence, drinking and smoking before 11 p.m. The means the Russian TV channel 2×2 will cut all the cat-and-mouse segments out of the long-running animated series beginning this Friday.

“We will retouch in an ironic way all the programs where there are scenes that fall under the new law,” general director Lev Makarov told the press. “For example we will black-out the screen and write a jokey message in a rolling caption.”

The law came into effect this July and is aimed at “protecting children from information causing harm to their health and development,” says

According to Makarov, Kenny and his buddies on South Park won’t get the same treatment because that shows airs after 11 p.m.

Itchy and Scratchy

Itchy and Scratchy

  • Luis Penieres

    Well done!!

  • Learn The Arts

    If only U.S.A. would do the same… as an ex public school teacher I applaud Russia! Our children are very much desensitize as it is… and it seems like a loosing battle. TV and video games are making it worse for them. Hurt and pain for jokes are no joke!

    • MM

      For a public school teacher, it’s a shame that your spelling grammar is horrible.

      • MM

        So you’d better lern 2 spell!

  • Razblack

    pathetic, way to take parents and peoples rights away.  for those claiming this somehow contributes to desensitizing bullcrap, you are a part of the problem and a controlling dope.  I’m sure you would have been terrified at the 3 stooges…   its’ called slap-stick humor.  perhaps teaching about reality, morality and god is too difficult for some people.  well, i guess they can go live in russia now and be protected.

  • Cat

    Don’t you ever do that! That is mean! That ban is insult to my life and you are stupid and
    very mean to my life, that will make my life worse!