Friday, February 24, 2006

Tom and Jerry [the cartoon characters] and the Jewish conspiracy -- I kid you not, this is for real

You can't make this stuff up.

According to a report by MEMRI, the Cultural Advisor to Iranian Education Ministry gave a lecture on Tom and Jerry [remember the cartoon characters of our youth?] and described them as "A Jewish Conspiracy to Improve the Image of Mice, Because Jews Were Termed Mice."

[WARNING: If you are eating something while reading this stop. You will choak with laughter and then disgust.]

Last week Iran's Channel 4 reported on a lecture by Professor Hasan Bolkhari that was given at an Iranian film seminar. Bolkharis is both a member of the Film Council of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and cultural advisor to the Iranian Education Ministry.

In his lecture he said regarding "Tom and Jerry":

The Jewish Walt Disney Company gained international fame with this cartoon.... This cartoon maintains its status because of the cute antics of the cat and mouse - especially the mouse.

[Note: Did anyone tell him that Walt Disney was an antisemite? The guy must be turning in his grave to hear the company described as the Jewish..]

"Some say that the main reason for making this very appealing cartoon was to erase a certain derogatory term that was revalent in Europe."

[...]

"If you study European history, you will see who was the main power in hoarding money and wealth, in the 19th century. In
most cases, it is the Jews. Perhaps that was one of the reasons which caused Hitler to begin the antisemitic trend, and then the extensive propaganda about the crematoria began... Some of this is true. We do not deny all of it.

[Note: He had to get in a bit of Holocaust denial. But see how he says "some of this is true." This, I predict, is the new Iranian way of trying not to look like complete idiots. They now will say we "don't deny everything, we just question some things abou the Holocaust." Maybe Irving guilty plea made them do that.... Maybe they had enough sense to realize that they were becoming the laughing stock of the world.]

"Watch Schindler's List. Every Jew was forced to wear yellow star on his clothing. The Jews were degraded and termed 'dirty mice.' Tom and Jerry was made in order to change the Europeans' perception of mice. One of terms used was 'dirty mice.'

"Mice are very cunning...and dirty."

[...]

"No ethnic group or people operates in such a clandestine manner as the Jews."

[...]

Hitler had behind-the-scenes connections with the Protocols [of the Elders of Zion ]. Tom and Jerry was made in order to display the exact opposite image.

[...]
The mouse is very clever and smart. Everything he does is so cute. He kicks the poor cat's ass. Yet this cruelty does not make you despise the mouse. He looks so nice, and he is so clever... This is exactly why some say it was meant to erase this image of mice from the minds of European children, and to show that the mouse is not dirty and has these traits.

Note: For all you folks who think education can cure animus, please note that Hasan Bolkhari (b. 1962) holds a Ph.D in Islamic Philosophy and, among other things, teaches philosophy of art at Tabatabaei and Al-Zahra Universities in Iran.

9 comments:

culfy said...

And besides, Tom & Jerry wasn't even anything to do with Walt Disney. It was produced by Hanna & Barbara for MGM.

Dave said...

I can't wait to see and hear the Iranian interpretation of the following:

Bugs Bunny
W.C. Fields
The Marx Brothers
Roger Rabbit
Tamagotchis

By the way, Dr. Bolkhari is forgetting a very basic point:

Disney did NOT make the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons. Neither did Warner Brothers.

I believe they were made by 20th Century Fox.

Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

Along with all the other idiocies of this article, somebody should tell this idiot that Tom&Jerry were NOT Disney characters. Can't remember whose they were, not WB either, but certainly not Disney. (Lantz?)

Artyom said...

I actually expected more reasonableness from the Iranians. But hey, times they have a-changed.

Deborah Lipstadt said...

And hese are the folks who are going to bring you the Holocaust conference....

Albrecht said...

Tom and Jerry was produced by MGM, the "company which has a nice cat as its logo. Later the creators of the cartoons, Hanna and Barbera, produced it with their own company.

Guess what the Iranians will say about MGM using a lion. Of course this symbolizes the Lion of Judah, as it is used in the emblem of Jerusalem ...

Orac said...

Yes, but were Bill Hanna or Joe Barbera (long-time illustrators who produced a lot of Tom and Jerry cartoons during the 1950's and early 1960's) Jewish? Inquiring minds want to know. ;-)

Hilary Ostrov said...

One can hardly wait to see the treatise Bolkhari will deliver when he discovers Spiegelman's "Maus".

Dave said...

What's wierd is that the Iranians will look dumber and get more bad press for attacking "Tom and Jerry" than the Holocaust.