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SpongeBob SquarePants too violent for Indonesian viewers, KPI says

  • Josa Lukman and Wening Gitomartoyo

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 17 2019   /  12:47 am
Yellow fever: SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates his 20th anniversary at Dylans Candy Bar at Hudson Yards in New York City, the United States, on June 15.(AFP/Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Dylan's Candy Bar)

Yellow fever: SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates his 20th anniversary at Dylans Candy Bar at Hudson Yards in New York City, the United States, on June 15.(AFP/Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Dylan's Candy Bar)The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) is slapping television station GTV with a warning for broadcasting “violent acts” in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

In a warning letter dated Sept. 15, the comission stipulated that the animated movie — aired on GTV on Aug. 6 and 22 — contained violent acts, such as someone getting hit in the face with a board, someone having a bowling ball dropped on his head, a hammer being thrown at a face and a potted cactus being launched into the air with the help of a racket.

The KPI deemed the movie as potentially violating Article 14 of the KPI’s code of conduct, which states that a broadcaster must adhere to the interests ...