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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Smurfs are Sexist

Straight Dope Staff Report: Are the Smurfs anti-Semitic Communists?: "The character Smurfette undeniably embodies some unflattering female stereotypes, and does so on purpose. In a recent biography of Peyo, Hugues Dayez relates a story about the cartoonist's negotiations with NBC for the upcoming Smurf animated series. Peyo apparently spoke little or no English. When the discussion turned to Smurfette, Peyo's interpreter explains:

Peyo began by saying that she was 'very feminine.' They asked him to be more specific, so he went on to say: 'She is pretty, blonde, she has all the characteristics of women…' Knowing the feminist spirit in the U.S.A., I diplomatically translated this as 'all the qualities.' I was banking on the fact that Peyo did not understand what I was saying (in English) and the others did not understand what he was trying to say. So naturally they asked him to expand. So he kept on going with: 'She seduces, she uses trickery rather than force to get results. She is incapable of telling a joke without blowing the punch line. She is a blabbermouth but only makes superficial comments. She is constantly creating enormous problems for the Smurfs but always manages to blame it on someone else.' I did my best to minimize the sexist nature of this description, but one of the participants at the meeting asked: 'Would she at least be able, when the Smurfs"

And I have to say he was dead on. All women are like that.

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