Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Monday, October 10, 2005

Don Rumsfeld Bombs Smurf Capital

Today's online Corriere della Sera* reports!

UNICEF-Belgium has launched a series of televised infomercials on the plight of children in wartorn countries to be aired just before the evening news, traumatizing every Belgian child under 8. To make the point, the Smurfs come under missile attack in the wee hours of the morning suggesting March 20, 2003. Belgian kids got to see the Smurfs subjected to something far worse than any of Gargamel's evil schemes--lifeless Smurfs, Smurftown reduced to rubble and a wailing orphan Smurf Baby.

Meanwhile, account manager Julie Lamoureux at ad agency Publicis, said that the sight of Smurfs subjected to war should have included mutilation and decapitation of Smurf characters, for a realistic glimpse into the horror and mayhem of war: We wanted something that was real war -- Smurfs losing arms, or a Smurf losing a head -- but they said no.

View the ad at here. [Click under Video--> Campagne voor oorlogskinderen]

*Article also appears in the online Ottawa Citizen.


Blogger markfromireland said...

That hits hard. Feeling more than slightly shattered I'm gonna log off for a while.

10:36 AM  

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