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Channel 4 apologises for scheduling gaffe

Simpsons News — Posted 26 Oct, 2005 by DisgruntledGoat

British television network Channel 4 has apologised for screening an episode of 'The Simpsons' including a song with the lyrics 'New Orleans, stinking, rotten, vomiting, vile' just days after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the city.

The song appears in the episode 'A Streetcar Named Marge', in which the residents of Springfield stage a musical version of the Tennessee Williams play 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

The song about New Orleans features further insults, with lines claiming it is the "home of pirates, drunks and whores" and "tacky over-priced souvenir stores".

A viewer complained to Ofcom about the scheduling of the episode, on September 7 this year. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, causing widespread flooding and chaos, and resulting the deaths of hundreds of the city's residents.

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