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MTV Pulls Controversial Episode of 'The Dudesons'

by Anna Dimond, posted Jul 19th 2010 7:00PM
MTV's knack for elevating puerile stunts to an art form has apparently gone a few steps too far. The network known for bringing 'Jackass' to the world has pulled a controversial episode of 'The Dudesons in America' after the American Indian Movement of Santa Barbara called for a boycott.

The episode in question features the series' four Finnish cast members decked out in wild costumes, and engaging in various stunts in an attempt to become honorary Native Americas. In one stunt, the genital area of one of the cast members is crushed by a totem pole.

"In response to concerns raised by viewers and out of sensitivity to the Aboriginal community, we will not be repeating the episode of 'The Dudesons' in question," a rep for MTV told the New York Post.

'The Dudesons' was first launched in Finland in 2001 as a reality-comedy series starring four best friends, Jukka Hilden, Jarno "Jarppi" Leppälä, Hannu-Pekka "HP" Parviainen and Jarno Laasala. Much like 'Jackass' creators Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera, the four pals filmed their antics while snowboarding, skating and doing other action sports, as well as various stunts and pranks. Their antics often result in bodily harm or involve potty humor, such as shooting each other with shot guns and peeing in a neighbor's mailbox.

It's no wonder, then, that Knoxville and production partner Jeff Tremaine are co-producing 'The Dudesons' American edition for MTV, after the show grew in popularity worldwide and became the most widespread Finnish television series ever. In a statement announcing the partnership, Knoxville said that the Finnish foursome "have balls where there should be brains."

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Claire

I'm not surprised. I was under the impression everyman Europeans were pretty ignorant about the touchy and complex ways American Indians are and are not treated. In the same way, they don't quite understand the touchy and complex ways racism in general exists here. It's not like we understand their touchy and complex social customs either.

July 19 2010 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon

Just like moronic European liberals...as racist as their American counterpart.

July 19 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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