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Militant 'Mickey Mouse'

Militant ‘Mickey Mouse’ pulled off air By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press Writer

Hamas militants have suspended a TV program that featured a Mickey Mouse lookalike urging Palestinian children to fight Israel and work for global Islamic domination, the Palestinian information minister said Wednesday.

Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti said the character ? a giant black-and-white rodent with a high-pitched voice ? represented a “mistaken approach” to the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.

He said that the program was pulled from Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV at his ministry’s request and “placed under review.”

The character, named “Farfour,” or “butterfly,” but unmistakably a copy of the Disney character, preached against the U.S. and Israel each Friday on the show called “Tomorrow’s Pioneers.”

“You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists,” Farfour squeaked on a recent episode. “We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers.”

Children called in to the show, many singing Hamas anthems about fighting Israel.

A spokeswoman for Burbank, Calif.-based Walt Disney Co. did not return phone calls seeking comment, and the Gaza TV station had no comment.

The program was opposed by the Palestinian Broadcasting Corp., which is controlled by the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a Hamas rival that shares power with the militants in the Palestinian government.

Barghouti is an independent aligned with neither Hamas nor Fatah.

Loyalists of Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of Israel, launched the Al Aqsa satellite channel last year. Bearded young men read the news and Islamic music is layered over footage of masked militants firing rockets into Israel. The channel also broadcasts talk shows, programs about the disabled and cartoons.

Hamas loyalists also run at least five news Web sites, a newspaper and a radio station.

There is something seriously wrong with people that would make a childrens show like this.

[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:

There is something seriously wrong with people that would make a childrens show like this.[/quote]

Yes, very much so.

[quote]lovehunter wrote:
Zap Branigan wrote:

There is something seriously wrong with people that would make a childrens show like this.

Yes, very much so. [/quote]

While disturbing, and probably much more forward about the message, propaganda aimed at children isnt anything new.

http://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/comics.php?topic=articles/supes-war

Superman is guilty.

http://www.virtualfools.com/filler/tvmusic/f001.html

So are moose and squirrel.

http://www.newstatesman.com/200005080038

Not to mention the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment).

Capped has powerbombed the correct. The use of a cartoon character to teach children how to shoot, throw grenades, and martyr themselves for Allah is exactly the same as(that is, neither better nor worse than) our crappy American heroes encouraging viewers or readers to support the war effort against Nazis, or to attend church faithfully.

And then there’s Hulk Hogan - I clearly remember him telling me to take my vitamins AND to say my prayers. Which means that either

  1. He wanted me to be strong so that I could kill the infidels thus ensuring my place in paradise, or

  2. He wanted me healthy for our match, at which time he would leg-drop me straight into oblivion. Either way, it’s pretty damn evil when you get right down to it.

So see, again we have no moral authority to criticize these people, unless it’s for copyright infringement.

[quote]Cunnivore wrote:
Capped has powerbombed the correct. The use of a cartoon character to teach children how to shoot, throw grenades, and martyr themselves for Allah is exactly the same as(that is, neither better nor worse than) our crappy American heroes encouraging viewers or readers to support the war effort against Nazis, or to attend church faithfully.

And then there’s Hulk Hogan - I clearly remember him telling me to take my vitamins AND to say my prayers. Which means that either

  1. He wanted me to be strong so that I could kill the infidels thus ensuring my place in paradise, or

  2. He wanted me healthy for our match, at which time he would leg-drop me straight into oblivion. Either way, it’s pretty damn evil when you get right down to it.

So see, again we have no moral authority to criticize these people, unless it’s for copyright infringement.[/quote]

You are the Heavyweight Champion of Sarcasim. That is funny stuff.

Quick update here, seems that it’s not going to be pulled off the air after all:

[quote]“The program will continue and it will be broadcast tomorrow at 4.00 pm [1300 GMT]. Mustafa Barghouti misunderstood the issue,” said the official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
[/quote]

Source:
http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20070510-082538-3237r

See? Freedom and tolerace are alive and well under the peace-loving Hamas government - clearly we have nothing more to fear from them.

Oh, in case you wonder, here is the clip in question:

http://paduanjawa.blogspot.com/2007/05/gee-brain-what-do-you-want-to-do.html

[quote]Cunnivore wrote:
Quick update here, seems that it’s not going to be pulled off the air after all:

“The program will continue and it will be broadcast tomorrow at 4.00 pm [1300 GMT]. Mustafa Barghouti misunderstood the issue,” said the official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

Source:
http://www.metimes.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20070510-082538-3237r

See? Freedom and tolerace are alive and well under the peace-loving Hamas government - clearly we have nothing more to fear from them.

Oh, in case you wonder, here is the clip in question:

http://paduanjawa.blogspot.com/2007/05/gee-brain-what-do-you-want-to-do.html [/quote]

Charming

But how surprised should we really be to find that a religion founded by a “prophet” who used a 9-year-old girl for sex isn’t exactly ‘kid-friendly’?

Hell, do you remember all the violence in Bugs Bunny??? So fuckin’ what. If I was raised in another country, I’d hate pricks from the US too.

[quote]micromuscle wrote:
Hell, do you remember all the violence in Bugs Bunny??? So fuckin’ what. If I was raised in another country, I’d hate pricks from the US too.[/quote]

Oh. Well, since you apparently weren’t raised in another country, which pricks from which country (or countries) do you think we should encourage your children to kill?