Monday, August 21, 2006
This reeks. The faint-hearts at Turner/Time-Warner are, apparently excising cartoon characters smoking legal substances from 1,500 old cartoons. In Europe. All because of one complaint... " The regulator's latest news bulletin stated that a viewer, who was not identified, had complained about two smoking scenes on Tom and Jerry, saying they "were not appropriate in a cartoon aimed at children." In the first, "Texas Tom," the hapless cat Tom tries to impress a feline female by rolling a cigarette, lighting it and smoking it with one hand. In the second, "Tennis Chumps," Tom's opponent in a match smokes a large cigar. "The licensee has ... proposed editing any scenes or references in the series where smoking appeared to be condoned, acceptable, glamorized or where it might encourage imitation," Ofcom said, adding that "Texas Tom" was one such example. Here's an idea: why not just tough it out and politely decline to change anything? Why not just leave the 'toons the way their creators made them? And leave it at that? The Nanny State? The Nanny multi-national conglomerate? Is there really a frigging difference? Sometimes I wonder.
Posted by Steve Hulett at 4:52 PM