Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Kanging for votes ?

A Halloween episode of "The Simpsons" will air just days before November's midterm elections with a politically sensitive parody of the war in Iraq.

With polls showing a majority in the United States now believing the Republican Bush administration's invasion was a mistake, ABC News said the sarcastic justifications by two green aliens attacking Earth had the possibility to sway voters.

The characters, Kang and Kodos, have exchanges amid the ensuing destruction, including one justifying the invasion, because humans have "weapons of mass disintegration."

"I'm starting to think 'Operation Enduring Occupation' was a bad idea," one character says, to which the other replies "We still have the people's hearts and minds," as he holds up a heart and brain.

The show's executive producer, Al Jean, denied there was any attempt to affect the election.

"I'd like to take credit for being adventuresome, but I think we're expressing a viewpoint 69 percent of the country agrees with," he said.

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