Feeds

MTV Mexico pulls South Park episode

Unauthorised flag-waving prompts auto-censorship

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

MTV in Mexico pulled an episode of South Park on Monday night because it didn't have the necessary government permission to show the Mexican flag featured in the cartoon.

According to the BBC, 'Pinewood Derby' provoked "keen interest" south of the border when it aired in the US in 2009. The episode has a Mexican president, bearing "a striking resemblance" to current prez Felipe Calderon, shown as "a leader who wastes funds and irritates the international community".

Still from 'Pinewood Derby' and Paulina Rubio

The problem is that Mexico frowns heavily on unauthorised media use of its flag. Popstress Paulina Rubio copped a fine in 2008 when she appeared nude in Spanish Cosmopolitan with just the flag to cover her modesty (see above).

MTV Mexico spokesman Erick Zermeno explained that the channel had decided to can the episode altogether, rather than attempting to obscure the offending flag. He said: "We decided not to alter the image because the reaction would have been worse."

Mexican MTV viewers will enjoy 'Pinewood Derby' when the official authorisation arrives, Zermeno insisted. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.