Shalom Life | March 29, 2015

Remeber the Smurfs? Apparently They're Racists

Gargamel was a Jew, says a French sociologist.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: June 3rd, 2011 in Culture » Society » News

Remeber the Smurfs? Apparently They're Racists

Heil Papa Smurf? -- Well, yes according to French sociologist Antoine Buéno.

In his new book, Le Petit Livre Bleu (The Little Blue Book), Buéno avers that the beloved wee blue creatures made popular in the 1980s are “the embodiment of a totalitarian utopia, steeped in Stalinism and Nazism.”

Buéno contends that Papa Smurf personifies a totalitarian leader, essentially a nod to Stalin, who espouses a strictly socialist philosophy in Smurf Village. Also, Smurfette represents the Aryan female ideal with her luscious blonde locks. Likewise, he believes that arch-enemy Gargamel, with his cat Azrael, embodies a Jewish stereotype reminiscent of Nazism.

"Gargamel is ugly, dirty, with a hooked nose (who) is fascinated by gold,” he postulates in the book.

Evidently, the blue creatures are also vessels for racial propaganda.

“The first comic strip, ‘The Black Smurfs,’ was intimately concerned with what you might classify as a racial threat. Because in that album, the Smurfs are sick. And when they’re sick, they don’t turn purple or red or anything like that, they become black. And when they become black, they lose all trace of intelligence. They become completely moronic. It's roughly the way Africans were viewed by white colonizers in the 19th century,” Buéno told The Wall Street Journal.

The Smurfs were created as a comic strip by Belgian artist Peyo (aka Thierry Culliford) in 1958. Hanna Barbara turned the strip into a cartoon in 1981.

"I disagree with his interpretation. It is between the grotesque and the not serious,” said Peyo’s son, also named Thierry Culliford, told Flemish paper Der Morgen.

Despite the deluge of fury surrounding the books publication, at the very least, it shines the spotlight once again on the Smurfs themselves. Conveniently for Hollywood, The Smurfs starring Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria opens in theatres July 29.

Op-Ed: Lena Dunham’s 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend' Piece is Thoughtless and Offensive Op-Ed: Lena Dunham’s 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend' Piece is Thoughtless and Offensive TrendingJames Deen to Play Himself on Showtime's 'Happyish' James Deen to Play Himself on Showtime's 'Happyish' TrendingBen Stiller's Ten Best Film Roles Ben Stiller's Ten Best Film Roles Trending
 

Wales Defeats Israel 3 - 0 in EURO 2016 Qualifiers

March 28, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Wales Defeats Israel 3 - 0 in EURO 2016 Qualifiers

The blue-and-whites experienced their first loss of the EURO 2016 qualifying matches at home in Haifa

Read More

Op-Ed: Obama, not Netanyahu, is Killing the Two-State Solution

March 27, 2015 | By Ben Cohen, JNS.org
Op-Ed: Obama, not Netanyahu, is Killing the Two-State Solution

The U.S. President has never really empathized with the emotions that govern Israeli perceptions of the wider region

Read More

Op-Ed: Lena Dunham’s 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend' Piece is Thoughtless and Offensive

March 27, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Op-Ed: Lena Dunham’s 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend' Piece is Thoughtless and Offensive

In her latest literary endeavour, 'Girls' star Dunham tries to come across as funny by comparing her boyfriend to a dog; she doesn't

Read More

James Deen to Play Himself on Showtime's 'Happyish'

March 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
James Deen to Play Himself on Showtime's 'Happyish'

The prolific Jewish porn star will appear in a cameo on the new show out on April 26th

Read More

Woman Exposes Herself To Minors At Arizona Bar Mitzvah

March 27, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Woman Exposes Herself To Minors At Arizona Bar Mitzvah

Lindsey Radomski is being charged by police after allegedly exposing herself to, and performing oral sex on, minors at a Bar Mitzvah this past Saturday

Read More

Association Assisting Holocaust Survivors Needs Your Help To Make Their Passover Seder Possible

March 27, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Association Assisting Holocaust Survivors Needs Your Help To Make Their Passover Seder Possible

The group, which holds an annual Passover Seder, is in danger of having to cancel their event due to the lack of funds needed to help the 450+ survivors who, without them, will be celebrating alone this year

Read More

Shortly Before they Died in Brooklyn Fire, the Sassoon Children Recorded This Emotional Song [VIDEO]

March 27, 2015 | By Tali Farkash & Liron Nagler-Cohen
Shortly Before they Died in Brooklyn Fire, the Sassoon Children Recorded This Emotional Song [VIDEO]

Song is their own version of Hasidic singer Yaakov Shwekey's hit "Cry No More"

Read More

Facebook Integrates Israeli App into Messenger

March 26, 2015 | By NoCamels Team
Facebook Integrates Israeli App into Messenger

Social media giant incorporates Magisto, an app that turns photos and videos into a short animated film

Read More

More Headlines