Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Simpsons Invade China & Go Global

For decades, Japan's Hello Kitty icon has been the world's leading soft power fictional character seen across the globe and is now the centerpiece of the current worldwide "kawaii" sensation. And since 1974, Sanrio has made everything imaginable with some form of the world's cutest little white Japanese Bobtail cat with a red bow. Recently, Sanrio even made a Hello Chucky doll and it sold out in less than 48 hours.

But that is now about to be challenged by America's most lovable and comical family from the fictional town of Springfield - The Simpsons. On Friday 20th Century Fox announced that the world's first Simpsons store will open in Beijing, China in March with an additional store opening in Shanghai in June. Following that will be a global expansion of up to 100 stores. This announcement comes after The Simpsons were previously banned in 2006 for a controversial episode about Homer visiting China.

Here is a recent CNN News video on this development:

Could this be the proverbial last nail in the communist coffin? Maybe.

See also:

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4 comments:

  1. This is really good news but how will the high-level comedy be translated? Unless the Chinese audience really is up on the American sociopolitical scene, they just won't get it. But I guess there will be plenty of low level jokes to laugh at too.

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  2. This could significantly change the family dynamics in China as The Simpsons have three Children: Bart, Lisa and Maggie. And China still has a two child only policy. Very interesting.

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  3. America...
    America...
    America, FUCK YEAH!
    Coming again, to save the mother fucking day yeah,
    America, FUCK YEAH!
    Freedom is the only way yeah,
    Terrorist your game is through cause now you have to answer to
    America, FUCK YEAH!

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  4. What's Chinese for "Doh!" ?

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