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Little blue Communists

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‘It has been proved by experience that the value of an open space is increased if special attractions of an architectural, historical, amusement or cultural nature are included…. The Russians have adopted this principle of combining mental and physical recreation in what they call Parks of Rest and Culture.’ (Chapter Three of the 1943 ‘Abercrombie Plan’ for the County of London)

At least one teletubby is gay, there’s a problem with Sesame Street, and now the Smurfs, heaven help us, are revealed as an evil mind-molding exercise to brainwash our children.

Move over, Little Red Book. Here’s the Little Blue Book, by one Antoine BuĂ©no, a lecturer at a university in Paris:

[T]he Smurfs live in a world where private initiative is rarely rewarded, where meals are all taken together in a communal room, where there is one leader and where the Smurfs rarely leave their small country.

But if they are unreconstructed Communists, what of this claim?

A story about the Black Smurfs, meanwhile, in which the Smurfs are bitten by a fly which turns their skin black and renders them unable to speak, has colonial overtones.

I might suggest, in the spirit of engagement, that this account has anti-colonial overtones, which at least would be more ideologically consistent. But in any case, in matters of this kind it isn’t long before the dreaded “A” appears, in all of its scarlet glory:

[T]the character of the Smurfs’ enemy Gargamel is an antisemitic caricature of a Jew, [the professor] proposes.

More anti-Semitism! Perhaps the CPCCA will have time to cram this into its long-overdue Final Report.

Readers are encouraged to find other examples of cartoon and puppet characters carrying the Red Banner onward. Consider it a civic duty.

[H/t Terrence Watson, b/c]

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