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October 11, 2005

UNICEF Bombs the Smurfs

Well, hell, who hasn't wanted to do that?

It fulfills one of my childhood fantasies.

The makers knew exactly what they are doing, having wisely chosen their emotional blackmail with care:

The advertising agency behind the campaign, Publicis, decided the best way to convey the impact of war on children was to tap into the earliest, happiest memories of Belgian television viewers. They chose the Smurfs, who first appeared in a Belgian comic in 1958.

However, I wonder how far they would have gone if they had been allowed:

"We wanted something that was real war - Smurfs losing arms, or a Smurf losing a head -but they said no."

Saving Private Smurf? Band of Smurfs? Yikes.

I'm actually surprised that they didn't blame the United States for killing the Smurfs.

Loose Shit Update:

Apparently this lone blogger called Ace covered this already. Hmm. I did not know that.

Well, at least it was only a few days old.

I'll have to dock myself a day's blogger pay for napping on the job.

(Anyone who gets the reference has very good taste.)


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