RIO DOH JANEIRO; Simpsons' Brazil Visit Sparks Pounds 12m Tourism Row

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Byline: MARK ELLIS Foreign Editor

CULT cartoon family the Simpsons sparked a major diplomatic incident after visiting Brazil in an episode of the smash-hit show.

Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso said the episode Blame it on Lisa "brought a distorted vision of Brazilian reality".

Now furious officials and tourist bosses are considering suing the makers of the award-winning satirical show, fearing its zany observations could wreck their pounds 12million bid to attract US visitors to Rio de Janeiro.

In the episode, seen by more than 11 million Americans last week and to be shown on Sky here soon, the Simpson family go to Rio in search of an orphan their daughter Lisa has sponsored.

But the episode is riddled with South American satirical stereotypes:

ALL the men in Rio are bisexual

DAD Homer is kidnapped by a cabbie

SCARY monkeys attack tourists on Copacobana beach

TOURISTS are mugged by children

BART sees a kids' TV show presented by a semi-naked stripper

THE family runs across rat-infested streets. …