Kill the Smurfs

I truly don't know what to say or think. Perhaps some of you'll have something useful to say about a new UNICEF adults-only episode of "The Smurfs":

It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand in hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom-shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.
The Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.
The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."
A 25-second preview on the Belgian evening news evoked mixed reactions from adults, and "wailing terror" among small children. Though it should be noted that UNICEF has stipulated that the episode not be broadcast before 9 p.m.

But perhaps the saddest aspect of this fundraising strategy to raise $100,000 for former child soldiers in Burundi is the statement of UNICEF Belgium spokesman Philippe Henon, a spokesman for UNICEF Belgium who told reporters that "his agency had set out to shock, after concluding that traditional images of suffering in Third World war zones had lost their power to move television viewers."

[LINK via Wonkette, whose typical too-cool-for-school take seems to be in particularly execrable taste]

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