CAT AND MOUSE

Business monthly (Egypt) - - ME­DIA LITE -

The head of Egypt’s State In­for­ma­tion Ser vice, Salah Ab­del Sadek, has at­trib­uted the rise of ex­trem­ism in the Mid­dle East to vi­o­lent tele­vi­sion car­toons and video games. The show Sadek pointed to as the worst glo­ri­fier of blood and may­hem? “The Tom and Jerry Show.” In a re­cent speech at Cairo Univer­sity, the Egyp­tian cen­sor­ship head said that the an­i­mated an­tics of the clas­sic car­toon duo, Tom the cat and his al­ways-one-step-ahead prey, Jerry, a small brown mouse with a per­pet­ual smile, “por­trays the vi­o­lence in a funny man­ner and sen ds the mes­sage that, yes, I can hit him…and I can blow him up with ex­plo­sives.” Ap­par­ently, Sadek hasn’t seen more mod­ern-day forms of screen en­ter­tain­ment like Mor­tal Kom­bat and Grand Theft Auto. In any case, Youm7 fol­lowed up with an ar­ti­cle ti­tled “Five Ac­cu­sa­tions ‘Tom and Jerry’ Faces in Egypt,” which main­tained that as well as glo­ri­fy­ing smok­ing and drink­ing, the car­toon en­cour­ages chil­dren to come up with sin­is­ter plans and en­cour­ages vi­o­lence and the use of sharp in­stru­ments such as knives, guns, and chain­saws. Egyp­tian Streets, May 4 th ey place on lock­down while chased down the slip­pery twin. Youm7, May 7

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