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WSJ: D'oh! Arabized Simpsons Aren't Getting Many Laughs
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 14, 2005 | By YASMINE EL-RASHIDI, Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Posted on 10/14/2005 3:26:42 AM PDT by aculeus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- When an Arab satellite TV network, MBC, decided to introduce "The Simpsons" to the Middle East, they knew the family would have to make some fundamental lifestyle changes.

"Omar Shamshoon," as he is called on the show, looks like the same Homer Simpson, but he has given up beer and bacon, which are both against Islam, and he no longer hangs out at "seedy bars with bums and lowlifes." In Arabia, Homer's beer is soda, and his hot dogs are barbequed Egyptian beef sausages. And the donut-shaped snacks he gobbles are the traditional Arab cookies called kahk.

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Few shows have more obsessed fans than "The Simpsons," and their vast online community is worried about whether classic Simpsons dialogue can even be translated. One blogger wrote, "'Hi-diddly-ho, neighbors!' How the h -- are they going to translate that? Or this great quote: Mr Burns: Oooh, so Mother Nature needs a favor?! Well maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys! Nature started the fight for survival, and now she wants to quit because she's losing. Well I say, hard cheese."

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TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: arabworld; kayak; simpsons

1 posted on 10/14/2005 3:26:42 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
And the donut-shaped snacks he gobbles are the traditional Arab cookies called kahk.

Arabs eat kahk? Who knew.

2 posted on 10/14/2005 3:30:43 AM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: aculeus

So now Lisa is gone, victim of an "honor Killing" and the
fundementalist neighbors are now Al Quieda?

Osama the Klown?

Omar now works in an Iranian nuclear plant?

Who knew?


3 posted on 10/14/2005 3:30:47 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: aculeus
Mmmmmm...kahk.


4 posted on 10/14/2005 3:31:04 AM PDT by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: aculeus
The "hi diddly" and "okidoakly" phraseology can be readily translated into Arabic from their original Mingo!

Start here: http://www.geocities.com/language_directory/languages/mingo.htm

5 posted on 10/14/2005 3:32:06 AM PDT by muawiyah (/ hey coach do I gotta' put in that "/sarcasm " thing again? How'bout a double sarcasm for this one)
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To: muawiyah

Ramadan will be tough for sheik simpsoon...doh!


6 posted on 10/14/2005 3:47:22 AM PDT by willyd (Good Fences Make Good Neighbors)
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To: humblegunner
I guess this proves ya can't have your kahk and eat it too.
7 posted on 10/14/2005 3:49:44 AM PDT by .cnI redruM (Because change is not something you talk into existence.)
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To: aculeus
...but he has given up beer and bacon, which are both against Islam...

Beer and Bacon don't like Islam?! I think it's the other way around.

8 posted on 10/14/2005 3:57:13 AM PDT by Rudder
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bookmark


9 posted on 10/14/2005 3:57:57 AM PDT by Eurotwit (WI)
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To: willyd
Even "doh" ~ we had this lady in the office who used to call up her kid everyday when he got off school to set him straight on doing his homework FIRST.

In the course of her conversations with him she'd drop in a few "Okilidoakilies" and "Dohs".

One day I sent her an email about all those words being in Mingo, and gave her a snippet from one of the "on-line instruction sets".

She started laughing so hard she actually fell out of her seat ~ I heard her hit the floor!

Notice, of course, that in Mingo the feminine nominitive suffix is always "Squa". Definitely a non-PC language!

10 posted on 10/14/2005 3:58:39 AM PDT by muawiyah (/ hey coach do I gotta' put in that "/sarcasm " thing again? How'bout a double sarcasm for this one)
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To: aculeus
Nature started the fight for survival, and now she wants to quit because she's losing. Well I say, hard cheese."

What a great line. Somebody should write a book of the collected wisdom of Monty Burns.

11 posted on 10/14/2005 4:00:46 AM PDT by gridlock (Mother Nature started the fight for survival, and now she wants to quit because she's losing.)
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To: humblegunner

Let them eat Kahk!


12 posted on 10/14/2005 4:01:34 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Rudder
Beer and Bacon don't like Islam?

I knew there was a reason I liked beer and bacon so much. The enemy of my enemy, and all that...

13 posted on 10/14/2005 4:02:19 AM PDT by gridlock (Mother Nature started the fight for survival, and now she wants to quit because she's losing.)
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To: aculeus
The Reverend Lovejoy replaced by Imam Killjoy.


14 posted on 10/14/2005 4:04:42 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: gridlock

I'll give up my BLT when they pry it from my cold, dead hand...


15 posted on 10/14/2005 4:11:51 AM PDT by yer gonna put yer eye out (Will quip for food...)
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To: ClearCase_guy

kahksuckers


16 posted on 10/14/2005 4:14:51 AM PDT by Pantera
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To: aculeus

So the muslim version of Homer Simpson likes to gobble Kahk? I could have guessed.


17 posted on 10/14/2005 4:18:11 AM PDT by Homer1
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To: dighton; general_re; Thinkin' Gal; Lijahsbubbe
Well I say, hard cheese.
18 posted on 10/14/2005 4:19:25 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: yer gonna put yer eye out
LOL!..HA! HA! ...love tag!.
19 posted on 10/14/2005 4:23:18 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: aculeus

kahk, the other white meat


20 posted on 10/14/2005 4:30:00 AM PDT by Pantera
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To: yer gonna put yer eye out
I'll give up my BLT when they pry it from my cold, dead hand...

That works for them!

21 posted on 10/14/2005 4:31:55 AM PDT by gridlock (Mother Nature started the fight for survival, and now she wants to quit because she's losing.)
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To: .cnI redruM

*GROAN* That is bad...very bad...


22 posted on 10/14/2005 4:33:21 AM PDT by SFC MAC (SFC McElroy, US ARMY)
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To: aculeus

Hmmmm.....Springfield has a nuclear plant.....security seems very lax.....


23 posted on 10/14/2005 4:56:59 AM PDT by Belasarius (Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:2-7)
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To: aculeus

ALLAH AKBAR! instead of HAH HAH!?


24 posted on 10/14/2005 5:29:44 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: aculeus


D'Allah!

25 posted on 10/14/2005 5:32:15 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: aculeus

I the character, "Apu", now a white gut named "Al"?


26 posted on 10/14/2005 6:30:59 AM PDT by L98Fiero
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To: L98Fiero
No. Apu, being a Hindu, does not get offered the protection of dhimmi status, that is only for People of the Book.

Hindus are simply killed out of hand, in'shallah... The convenience store is now run by a guy named Mohamad.

27 posted on 10/14/2005 6:53:42 AM PDT by Kenton (Tagline for rent)
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To: Kenton

"The convenience store is now run by a guy named Mohamad."

Wow, just like in America. ;)


28 posted on 10/14/2005 6:54:55 AM PDT by L98Fiero
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To: Jaxter
LOL. Click here for a kahk recipe :)
29 posted on 10/14/2005 6:56:01 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: tet68

Krusty's Jewish, so he's definitely out of the picture. For that matter, Homer's an atheist and Lisa's a Buddhist. Maybe instead of the Danny Elfman theme, they should play "Everyone Must Get Stoned" over the opening credits.


30 posted on 10/14/2005 7:32:54 AM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Free the Crevo Three!)
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To: aculeus
The beauty of The Simpsons is that nothing is sacred. No way can this translate in the Muslim world.
31 posted on 10/14/2005 8:19:45 AM PDT by Sabatier
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To: Jaxter

Waylon Smithers also enjoys kahk.


32 posted on 10/14/2005 12:20:26 PM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Free the Crevo Three!)
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