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Tom & Jerry to “Just Say No”

In Children and Youth, Culture jamming, Laws & Regulation, Media Criticism, Misc. on August 28, 2006 at 2:23 pm

Missed this last week:

The cartoon channel Boomerang, which is owned by Turner Broadcasting, has bowed to pressure by a special interest group and is editing out any scenes from the classic Tom and Jerry cartoons that show any of the main characters smoking. What? Are you serious? Yes I am. The rationale, of course, is that somehow a smoking cartoon cat will cause children to want to light up. The part of all of this that makes me the angriest is that any scene with a “bad guy” smoking a cigar will be left in! Hypocrisy anyone?

My question is that smoking is no good, but the violence is somehow OK? Wikipedia has, “The (Tom & Jerry) shorts are famous for using some of the most destructive and violent gags ever devised for theatrical animation: Jerry slicing Tom in half, Tom using everything from axes, pistols, rifles, dynamite, and poison to try and murder Jerry, Jerry stuffing Tom’s tail in a waffle iron, and so on. A well-used and favoured joke is when Tom hits Jerry with something such as a hammer when he is occupied (usually eating) and is initially perplexed as he continues unaffected- and he then feels the effects moments later.” T&J is the basis for The Simpson’s uber-violent “Itchy & Scratchy.”

UPDATE: My So-Called Strife says this is “Nuckin’ Futz” and lays out pics of the other offensive material in this cartoon, that will not be edited out.

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  1. Thanks for linking back to shadowmonkey.net at the top of your post. We appreciate your including the link along with the blurb from our story.

    Anyway…. I love the graphic from My So-Called Strife! Hilarious, and oh-so-creatively making a great point about the story.

    -shadowmonkey

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