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Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Just when you think a UN agency can't get any more silly and irrelevant...it happens.

Apparently UNICEF in Belgium has decided that using the Smurfs to depict the horrors of war for children is a good idea. Smurf village is bombed, flaming smurfs run for cover, death and blue blooded mayhem is everywhere! I laughed so hard I almost smurfed in my pants. I don't think that was the intended reaction. Please tell me that someone, somewhere in the UN hierarchy is apoplectic about this?

Garfieldridge has a good post and round-up on this propaganda flop: UNICEF Smurfs The Smurfs To Smurfdom

Huge thanks to the Digital Brownshirt for sending me the oddest story of the weekend by far:

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.

The short but chilling film is the work of Unicef, the United Nations Children's Fund, and is to be broadcast on national television next week as a campaign advertisement.

Chilling? Are they kidding? I've been waiting my entire life for someone to get the nerve up to wax the Smurfs. I can't be the only one here who spent every episode rooting for that cat Azrael to pluck out the little blue fucks one by one.

Wait. . . it gets even better:

The short film pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom-shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.

Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.

The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."

Or, instead of children, Smurfs. Don't let war affect the lives of Smurfs.


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