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October 21, 2005 8:42 AM   Subscribe

The Simpsons are going to... the Middle East! As a treat for viewers during Ramadan, Dubai-based network MBC has dubbed 30 episodes of the Simpsons into Arabic. But in order not to offend their audience, this version of Our Favorite Family is, well, a bit different; for instance, Homer (rechristened Omar) doesn't eat bacon or drink beer. Speculation about the fate of other characters abounds, One Angry Arab is not impressed.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (28 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Just drop the project, and air reruns of Tony Danza's show instead. It is less painful.

Don't have a cow man. Inshallah.

The Angry Arab's right. It just doesn't work.
posted by three blind mice at 8:47 AM on October 21, 2005

Mmmmm... Islam-o-licious... Arrrrrrgh...
posted by wfrgms at 8:50 AM on October 21, 2005

So basically they take the animated footage, edit it, rearrange it, redub it with completely new dialogue and make a totally different show out of it? Such a thing has never been done before!
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:55 AM on October 21, 2005

A good example; StarBlazers blew.
posted by phearlez at 8:57 AM on October 21, 2005

This really is good news for the insane!
posted by scratch at 9:02 AM on October 21, 2005

The name is the game, scratch.

Speaking of usernames, scratch that last comma in the post and turn it into a period. In your mind.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:06 AM on October 21, 2005

Waaah *cry* would somebody please think about Fox profits ? Why don't anybody think about Fox profits, broadcasting fees , gadgets etc ?

Poor poor Rupert Murdoch, he's so concerned about not offending people he sells episodes' airing rights at full price yet lets the local authors play havoc with them ruining local Simpson value.

What an example of lack of personal interest ..imagine his rightful anger in discovering there are mullahs more mediatically influential then him ! The shock, the horror , who's going to agitprop them the FauxNews style ?
posted by elpapacito at 9:15 AM on October 21, 2005

Star Blazers was so-so but Star Force Five rocked my lame ass.
posted by StarForce5 at 9:15 AM on October 21, 2005

Page title is awesome
posted by Pretty_Generic at 9:21 AM on October 21, 2005

For your information I've been editing, rearranging and rewriting Metafilter for years. my special version of Metafilter is a circle of knitting grannies swapping recipes, taking snuff, and yearning for the good old days before lesbians started wearing strap-ons to invade each other's blood-engorged behinds.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 9:23 AM on October 21, 2005

To put it another way: You have no idea how much editing of Mefi posts I've been doing... IN MY MIND!
posted by soyjoy at 9:31 AM on October 21, 2005

Admit it -- this is why you guys went to war.
posted by Robot Johnny at 9:39 AM on October 21, 2005

I'll bet that works as well as a hypothetical rework of Duckman where Duckman never gets angry or insults anyone.
posted by clevershark at 10:06 AM on October 21, 2005

Cast Dick Cheney as Homer, Condelezza Rice as Lisa, George Bush as Bart, Ariel Sharon as Montgomery Burns, and Osama bin Laden as Side Show Bob and it'll be a hit.
posted by three blind mice at 10:41 AM on October 21, 2005

Who will play Ralph?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:42 AM on October 21, 2005

America, I think.
posted by 235w103 at 10:48 AM on October 21, 2005

"Me a bigger threat to world peace than Saddam? That's unpossible!"
posted by soyjoy at 10:58 AM on October 21, 2005

Heh. "I choo-choo-choose you. To be invaded."
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:01 AM on October 21, 2005

Heh, this is not the same thing, but I found it amusing (stumbled upon it just now): The Singhsons.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:07 AM on October 21, 2005

Why don't they run it unfettered, and prove they have had America pegged all along?
posted by Navek Rednam at 11:52 AM on October 21, 2005

Homer with no beer? Might as well just call him Bob!
posted by Dean Keaton at 12:48 PM on October 21, 2005

No beer and no TV make Homer something something...
posted by InfidelZombie at 1:30 PM on October 21, 2005

StarBlazers blew

Blasphemer! StarBlazers was awesome - atleast I remember it being awesome. I was about 10 at the time.
posted by Bort at 1:34 PM on October 21, 2005

No Lisa. It's crazy enough it just, might, work!

Seems a long shot. Must've been an interesting process figuring out which 30 eps to go with. Any guesses as to who's in and who's out as key ep characters:

In - Burns, Prof Frink, Nick Riviera (safe targets)

Out - Ned, Smithers (christianity, homosexuality)

Question - Will Moe remain jewish?
posted by scheptech at 3:43 PM on October 21, 2005

Worst. Shamshuns. Ever.

Is Moe Jewish? I thought he was a snake handler.
posted by Smedleyman at 4:36 PM on October 21, 2005

Is Moe Jewish?

Well, there is at least some evidence that he is Arabic.


which 30 eps to go with

My suggestions:

Homer Phobia

Three Gays of the Condo

Like Father, Like Clown
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:49 PM on October 21, 2005

Will there be honour killing?
posted by Krrrlson at 9:04 PM on October 21, 2005

In 1992 I spent the summer in Jordan and saw an episode of the Simpsons on local TV. It was broadcast in English with Arabic subtitles. My strongest memory of the episode was when Homer says "Bar-be-que" and it was translated in Arabic as "Shwarma!"
posted by Seth_Messinger at 10:02 AM on October 22, 2005

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