Thursday, August 24, 2006

If thine eye offend thee, pluck everyone else's out

In Britain, from Yahoo News:

Following an investigation prompted by the anonymous viewer's complaint, regulator Ofcom said Monday that children's TV channel Boomerang has agreed to edit out scenes deemed to glamorise or condone smoking.

[…] "while we appreciate the historic integrity of the animation, the level of editorial justification required for the inclusion of smoking in such cartoons is necessarily high."
Owls Aren't Wise is all over it:
Apparently you can kick an animal flat, but making them breathe smoke is cruel beyond all limits.

Actually the smoking is being airbrushed out of history because it is assumed to lead to children learning to smoke. But not learning to hit cats with large hammers or blunt instruments, apparently.

Of course, I still remember growing up in the seventies, watching Tom and Jerry and learning to feel contempt for the Soviet Union, where historical photo-records were known to be altered to remove features unpalatable to the then ruling elite.

But as we all know, the Soviet Union was defeated.

And so is Blog Québécois:
I suspect it won't be long before they demand that all film and television portrayals of smoking be digitally censored. It's going to be odd seeing Humphrey Bogart repeatedly putting his hands to his mouth for no apparent purpose, but it's a small price to pay to pretend that he didn't die of throat cancer.

Or as one comedian put it: Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.