An episode of Fox’s animated series “The Simpsons” that had been scheduled to air on the Russian TV network 2×2 now will not be airing after the episode, “Looking for Mr. Goodbart,” came under fire from the Russian Orthodox Church, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“2×2 said it will not air the ‘Simpsons’ episode as ‘it could compromise the network and cause controversy,'” THR reports. “The decision came just hours after Russian news agency TASS quoted several church officials as harshly criticizing the episode. Specifically, archpriest Andrei Novikov was quoted as saying that the episode was ‘Hollywood propaganda’ aimed at compromising Russian society.”
THR adds: “The episode, which in the U.S. aired on Fox on April 30, features Homer Simpson playing a mobile game named Peekimon Get, an apparent reference to Pokemon Go, and walks into a church looking for ‘Peekimons.'”
The report notes that Russian blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky was arrested back in September for playing Pokemon Go in a St. Petersburg church. “Sokolovsky is currently on trial on charges of ‘insulting the feelings of believers’ and is facing a three-to-five-year jail sentence,” THR adds.