Sunday, October 09, 2005

Unicef fire bombs Smurfette

In a few weeks we'll have little ghosts and goblins coming to our doors, looking for candy. Once in a while they'll be looking for donations to Unicef in addition to that Snickers bar. You may want to think twice about that this year, because this is what Unicef is producing with your donation. This being a episode of the Smurfs where their village is bombed by war planes. I'm not sure if this is going to be airing outside Belgium, but it is despicable nonetheless. The good news is that it won't be anywhere near as gory as it could have been:
"We wanted something that was real war - Smurfs losing arms, or a Smurf losing a head -but they said no."
Most people have an ingrained sense of right and wrong. Yes, they will be shocked by the animated bombing of innocent Smurfs. But do you think anyone would bat an eyelash at the bombing of, say, Gargamel? Probably not. So instead of sending a message, this is just another example of emotional manipulation for the purpose of propaganda.

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