Add the Simpsons clan to the list of toys banned in Iran, Reuters reports.
Last month, the country banned the sale of Barbie dolls. “Imports of all kinds of dolls that display full adult figures are banned because they promote Western culture,” Mohammad Hossein Farjoo, the head of the Iranian agency that censors what children can play with, said.
Farjoo did not say why Simpsons toys were specifically banned, but the country has started a crusade against “Western intoxication.” Barbies were especially offensive because of their revealing clothing.
Although the Simpson family is not scantily clad, and is far from realistic (yellow, four fingers, odd-shaped head, etc,), some may say they are far from the ideal role models.
“‘The Simpsons’ dolls are merchandise from an animated series, of which some episodes are even banned in Europe and America,” Farjoo said. “We do not want to promote this cartoon by importing the toys.”
The show does not air in Iran, but those with access to satellite channels can watch the Fox cartoon series.