Monday, August 29, 2005

Exporting "The 700 Club"

Another example of the impact American culture has on other countries -- and how poorly it can translate at times.

For reasons known only to its owner, a Finnish Christian television network broadcasts “The 700 Club.” Apparently, this network only carries certain portions of it in an attempt to be somewhat judicious in filtering out controversial political segments. But it backfired last week when Pat Robertson said that the U.S. should “take out” Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

The Finnish network pulled Robertson’s show off the air.

The Finns are a Lutheran nation. But they are also very wary of mixing religion and politics. The owner of the Christian station states that he will ‘monitor’ Robertson’s broadcasts for a while before deciding whether to put it back on the air.

I wonder how “take out” translates into Finnish?

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