It’s a CARTOON for Christ’s sake!

August 23, 2006

Is it my imagination or are people simply falling off into the deep end of the political correctness pool? Are companies so afraid of fallout they jump to keep from offending one person?

How about a midget or dwarf complaining of “The Wizard of Oz?” Maybe we can cut out all references to munchkins? Maybe someone should complain about the acting on Dr. Who, or I’ll complain about how I find crappy Japanese animation on the Cartoon Network offensive. Now there’s an idea!

I’m betting that if Ted Turner still owned Turner, and not the spineless Time-Warner, he’d have told them to take a flying f@#$.

Turner Broadcasting is scouring more than 1,500 classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including old favorites “Tom and Jerry,” “The Flinstones” and “Scooby-Doo,” to edit out scenes that glamorize smoking. […]

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.

Full story here.

Dalton Ross has an interesting commentary as well via Entertainment Weekly.

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