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Tom and Jerry cartoons and video games are behind a rising tide of violence in the Middle East, Egypt’s top intelligence agency said on Tuesday.
“[The cartoon] portrays violence in a funny manner, and gives the impression that, yes, I can hit him, and I can blow him up with explosives,” Salan Abdel Sadeq told the audience at a conference titled “The Media and the Culture of Violence,” at Cairo University.
Tom and Jerry, a popular US children’s cartoon from the 1940s, depicts a long-running slapstick battle between a cat and a mouse during which each uses increasingly outlandish methods to defeat one another.
Abdel Sadeq, head of Egypt’s State Information Service, also said that video games are partly to blame for violence and extremism in the region. “Video games are spreading…it has become normal for a young man to sit for long hours playing video games, killing and spilling blood. He is happy and content with that.”
The official also warned that Egypt’s internal media production, though produced for a domestic audience, has an impact on the country’s international image. Despite warning against the dangers of violent video games and cartoons that normalise violence, the Egyptian government is not understood to be planning to censor such output. The official’s comments have been greeted with ridicule on social media. -
originally posted by: intrptr
Cartoon violence isn't real violence. As far as mindset American one has been purposely formed against the Arabs for as long as they been pumping oil. Tell them not to tune into Ali Baba Bugs…
originally posted by: UnBreakable
originally posted by: rollanotherone
a reply to: starwarsisreal
Tom and Jerry also had the super racist black maid stereotype.
Are we to blame Tom and Jerry for racism?
Next Speedy Gonzales will be blamed for illegals running over the border.