Smurfs Get Bombed

(in Dutch)

Belgium is planning on airing a Smurf Cartoon produced by UNICEF where the little blue men get bombed by airplanes as they dance around a campfire:

The people of Belgium have been left reeling by the first adult-only episode of the Smurfs, in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters’ village is annihilated by warplanes.

The short film pulls no punches. 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.

Tiny 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.”

Hmm. Let’s see. UNICEF does an advertisement to raise money for the child soldiers of Burundi and have airplanes dropping bombs? I wonder how often that happened in Burundi? Hmm.


This Human Rights Watch report mentions numerous war crimes but nothing about planes and bombs. Amnesty International does report shelling in Burundi from helicopters but not planes.

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