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Are these controversial issues about the cartoon 'The Simpsons' okay?

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Over nearly twenty years of 'The Simpsons', several controversial issues have arisen. This debate is focusing on those issues and whether they are okay despite controversy. Some controversial issues include:

a) whether the Simpsons should promote Christianity.

b) whether Springfield should legalize same-sex marriage and gambling.

c) is The Simpsons at all racist or against certain religions?

d) should Seven11 stores turn into 'Kwik-E-Marts' for promotional reasons?

In 1989 Matt Groening created 'The Simpsons' and it has been extremely poular and has always achieved high ratings. The realease of the Simpson's movie in 2007 was a good boost but of course now with over 400 episodes, several controversial issues have arisen.

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Is The Simpsons at all racist?

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Yes

In one episode, Colonel Saunders is God.

Many characters are against Catholics.

Apu does many things after saying they are against his religion.



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No

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Should The Simpsons be used to promote Christianity?

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From a Christian point of view, that would be a good idea. The Simpsons is a poular tevelision show that is liked by many. It is used to promote Christianity some of the time. From a Christian point of view, that is fine. Christianity is the most popular religion worldwide and promoting it through the Simpsons would be fine and would make no harm, only promote Christianity. There isn't anything wrong with that.



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No

  • There should be no promotion of any religion because that would be unjust towards other religions.
  • There is no point in promoting the religion as atheists do not want to deal with this issue in front of a screen. There are people who are atheist and don't want to hear about religion in their favoutite TV show as they might find this topic abusive or disrespectful.


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Is it bad for Springfield to legalise same-sex marriage?

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Yes

  • "Springfield" should not legalize gay marriage because the Simpsons represent a strong nuclear family with married opposite-sex parents and a cohesive family unit. Allowing practicing homosexuals to engage in a legal union and call it "marriage" further contributes to the already declining concept of what constitutes the strong American family. Many cultures would agree that only opposite-sex couples should have a legally-recognized marriage including Christians and Muslims.


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No

  • The Simpsons is just a cartoon TV show and is harmless.
  • There is nothing wrong with gay marriage.
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Should Seven 11 convenience stores be turned into 'Kwik-e-Marts' and use the Simpsons on promotions and promotional goods?

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The owner of the Seven 11 chain is against turning their stores into Kwik-e-Marts. The American owner of the Seven 11 chain is totally opposed to the idea and says it gives Seven 11 a bad reputation. He says the Kwik-e-Mart is lacking in hygeine and is a bad example of a good store. The Kwik-e-Mart would give Seven11 a bad image.

The owner of Seven11 says that would actually be racist. On the Simpsons, the owner of the Kwik e Mart is Indian. While many now real life 'Kwik e Mart' owners are actually Indian, some aren't and a fair bit of racism is going on.

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