Anyway, in spite of those long-ago memories of blue fluff strewn from one end of the house to the other, this seems a bit beyond the wild blue yonder.
"The people of Belgium have been left reeling by the first adult-only episode of the Smurfs, in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters' village is annihilated by warplanes…"
Hmmm…. Now what country, I wonder, does a lot of bombin' from airplanes. Is there any part of the cartoon showin' little Smurfies strappin' on a bomb belt to blow up their own kind? No? Wonder why?
"Belgian television viewers were given a preview of the 25-second film earlier this week, when it was shown on the main evening news. The reactions ranged from approval to shock and, in the case of small children who saw the episode by accident, wailing terror…"
Gee--d'ya' think? Talk about "shock and awe." Don't think it will do much to stop war, but it sure will give all the kiddies of Belgium a lifetime of nightmares.
"The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."
'Course there's no suggestion on how to do that--or how to stop murderous dictators from wagin' war on everyone in sight. But it makes UNICEF feeelll so good!
"It is intended as the keystone of a fund-raising drive by Unicef's Belgian arm,…"
Whatever happened to those little orange cartons kids used to collect pennies for UNICEF? Too old-fashioned? Or has everyone had enough of handin' money to a UN organization only to see it farted away.
"…to raise £70,000 for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Burundi."
Former child soldiers? What about the current child soldiers in Gaza? Rehabilitatin' them would take care of a whole litterpan full of bombings!
Why is the UN always three wars behind the rest of the world?
posted by Harrison at 6:10 PM