Only 6 weeks after forbidding female car navigators, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently outlawed sat nav devices with Marge Simpson audio capability. The theocratic regime is now the only country in the world that prohibits male drivers from listening to 'cartoon character voice-activated navigation'.
Conservative scholars have supported the injunction, declaring that her harsh and raspy sound could lead to an erosion of traditional values. Critics, however, have rejected the ban on the grounds that it is not mandated by the Qu'ran. The sat nav voices of Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall and absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley are also currently under critical examination.
In the capital city of Riyadh, courageous women have started a campaign to 'Free Marjorie', holding vocal but peaceful demonstrations after Friday executions in Deera square. Some protestors have even tried impersonating their favourite Simpsons character with mixed results: one burka-clad dissenter sounded like she was going to cough out her lungs whilst another drew envious glances as she relentlessly screeched 'Allah says NO to shariah-compliant tom toms'.
It is understood that religious police, who are mostly unfamiliar with The Simpsons, are having difficulty in establishing guilt through voice recognition. Police commander Ahmed Bin Nawwaf, commented "We stopped a male in his twenties because he was smirking too much whilst driving. We thought he must be listening to this Marge character so he was sentenced to 1000 lashes. On further inspection, however, it turned out to be a homosexual called Julian Clary so the innocent man was released without charge".