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Argentina is a South American country that practices Christianity.

General censorship[]

One year after Revolución Libertadora in 1956, which ousted the previous president Juan Domingo Peron, any depiction or promotion of Peronism as well as any mention (on press for insance), depiction, photograph, portrait of former President Peron or his wife Evita, was forbidden under Decree Law 4161/56. The ousted Peron was either referred as "the monster" by President Pedro Eugenio Aramburu or as "the fugitive tyrant" by newspapers.

Movie censorship[]

I'll Never Heil Again - banned uring the conservative period of authoritarian governments known as "Infamous Decade" (1930–1943), for lampooning Nazi Germany, even if Argentina had declared itself neutral during World War Two.

The Silence - banned for "obscenity".

Last Tango in Paris - banned during the self-styled "Argentine Revolution" military regime (1966–1973), for being "pornographic"

La Patagonia Rebelde - This historical film about the suppression of a peasants' revolt, known as "Tragic Patagonia was banned under Isabel Perón's government (1974–1976) and Jorge Rafael Videla's National Reorganization Process regime during Argentina's last-civil military government (1976–1983).

Last Days of Mussolini - Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military government (1976–1983).

The Great Dictator - Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military government for mocking dictatorships.

Las largas vacaciones del '36 - Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military government for its sarcastic view of Spain under Francisco Franco.

Looking for Mr. Goodbar - Banned under Videla's regime during Argentina's last-civil military government, for being "pornographic".

Hail Mary - This movie, which is a modern retelling of the Virgin Birth, was banned for mixing sexual content with religious content. Argentina's large Catholic population in particular considered this sort of thing blasphemous.

The Last Temptation of Christ - this movie was banned in Argentina on grounds of "blasphemy".

Kindergarten - this movie was banned for its controversial themes, scenes of nudity and unsimulated oral sex. Any copy of the movie was seized and its ban on its exhibition was enacted, both due to a court order. In 2010, the movie was shown in a restored copy, as part of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

TV censorship[]

The Simpsons - The Season 19 episode "E Pluribus Wiggum", although nominally about Ralph Wiggum being written in as a candidate for U.S. President, was temporarily banned in Argentina for a side conversation that made fun of Argentina. Specifically, Lenny and Carl call Juan Peron the country's best leader because "when he 'disappeared' you, you stayed 'disappeared'!" and equate Peron's wife Evita with the singer Madonna (who did play her in a film adaptation of the musical Evita). Many other Latin American countries followed suit, taking it as a mockery of their culture as a whole. This kind of thing never stopped The Simpsons from being aired there, though.

Books censorship[]

  • Tía Vicenta - This satirical magazine was banned in 1966, for mocking the then president, General Juan Carlos Onganía, who took power by coup in that year, by depicting him as a walrus (in reference to a nickname, "la morsa" -meaning "the walrus"- , which was given by his Argentine Armed Forces colleagues to the laconic and mustachioed General).
  • Primera Plana - This literary and political weekly, which supported the liberal wing of the Argentine Armed Forces, was briefly banned in 4 August 1969 due to a decree prohibiting its circulation, before getting de-banned and ceasing publication in 1973.

Video games censorship[]

RapeLay - This game is the only video game banned in Argentina, as it is seen to condone or glamorize sexual violence.

Internet censorship[]

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