Suburban Senshi IRC Chat #887: “Now that's just Smurfy”
#887: “Now that's just Smurfy”


[19:35] *** Mon Oct 10 2005 - LOGGING START ***
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[19:35] *** Topic is - Luna-P is a MAN Dudes. -
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[19:37] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> dude jedite
[19:37] <// J_Daito //> what
[19:38] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> Why are you picking on smurfs?
[19:38] <// J_Daito //> it's not me Ten;ou
[19:38] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> Yeah right I know you want to melt them down and make them into gold and s[BLEEP]t
[19:38] <// J_Daito //> well yes
[19:38] <// J_Daito //> but this isn't me
[19:38] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> shyeah right
[19:39] <// J_Daito //> napalm just turns them into a blue slick
[19:39] <FireFly_9> That's just sick, Jedite.
[19:40] <// J_Daito //> DAMMIT THAT WAS UNICEF'S DOING
[19:40] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> UNICEF.
[19:40] <// J_Daito //> yes
[19:40] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> United NAtions Internationa; Children's something something
[19:40] <// J_Daito //> Yes.
[19:41] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> They burned the smurf village to the ground
[19:41] <// J_Daito //> YES
[19:41] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> Dude man at least try to THINK of something plausible before you f[BLEEP]king lie
[19:41] <// J_Daito //> ...
[19:41] <// J_Daito //> 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.
[19:41] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> whoa big text
[19:42] <@S.X. Aino> New function I added *^_^*
[19:42] <H3LLi05> yo yo yo I saw an adult only episode of the smurfs it was smurfette in a three way with handy, papa and gimpy
[19:42] <// J_Daito //> Not that kind of adult, moron
[19:43] <// J_Daito //> The short but chilling film is the work of Unicef, the United Nations Children's Fund, and is to be broadcast on national television next week as a campaign advertisement.
[19:44] <FireFly_9> A campaign for what? The crushing of childhood innocence?
[19:44] <H3LLi05> I'm all for taking away innocence yo
[19:44] <FireFly_9> _
[19:45] <// J_Daito //> The reactions ranged from approval to shock and, in the case of small children who saw the episode by accident, wailing terror.
[19:45] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> UNICEF: Because we care about kids.
[19:46] <// J_Daito //> 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.
[19:46] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> Now I have to admit a part of me has always wanted to see that.
[19:46] <FireFly_9> Haruka-poppa ><
[19:47] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> What that song was f[BLEEP]king annoying
[19:47] * @S.X. Aino is listening to: [ Techno ] Smurfs Techno Remix.mp3 [112 kbps]
[19:47] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> Oh damn you to hell Sakura Xadium Aino
[19:47] <@S.X. Aino> =D
[19:49] <// J_Daito //> 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.
[19:49] * @S.X. Aino has tweaked the font size
[19:50] <// J_Daito //> You know I can't really find fault with this ad so far
[19:50] <FireFly_9> I think it's disgusting!
[19:51] <// J_Daito //> It is intended as the keystone of a fund-raising drive by Unicef's Belgian arm, to raise 70,000 for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Burundi.
[19:51] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> I can see the relation *nods*
[19:51] <// J_Daito //> No you can't stop trying
[19:51] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> shutup
[19:52] <// J_Daito //> We wanted something that was real war - Smurfs losing arms, or a Smurf losing a head -but they said no.
[19:52] <// J_Daito //> BLAST OPPORTUNITY WASTED
[19:52] <FireFly_9> Thank god for some sanity.
[19:53] <// J_Daito //> > look
[19:53] <// J_Daito //> > It is a small field. A Smurf is here.
[19:53] <FireFly_9> Oh god.
[19:53] <// J_Daito //> > attack smurf
[19:54] <// J_Daito //> > Your attack DISEMBOWELS A Smurf!
[19:54] <// J_Daito //> > A Smurf is fleeing.
[19:54] <// J_Daito //> > attack Smurf
[19:55] <// J_Daito //> > Your attack EVISCERATES A Smurf!
[19:55] <// J_Daito //> > A Smurf is dead.
[19:55] <// J_Daito //> > Your attack EVISCERATES A Smurf!
[19:56] <// J_Daito //> > You gain 1 EXP
[19:56] <// J_Daito //> > loot corpse
[19:56] <// J_Daito //> > You gain 30 pieces of silver.
[19:57] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> Damn man that's some cold s[BLEEP]t
[19:57] <// J_Daito //> > frag corpse
[19:57] <// J_Daito //> > Haven't you made it suffer enough already?
[19:57] <// J_Daito //> > no
[19:57] <// J_Daito //> > _
[19:58] <// J_Daito //> > A Smurf's corpse is fragged into gib.
[19:58] <// J_Daito //> > Frag gib
[19:58] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> Dude no
[19:58] <// J_Daito //> What
[19:58] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> you just don't frag another man's gib man
[19:58] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> You just don't do it
[19:58] <// J_Daito //> :<
[19:59] <FireFly_9> I think it will wake up some people. It is so un-Smurf-like, it might get people to think.
[20:00] <FireFly_9> Heh implication - Smurfs turn off your brain
[20:00] <H3LLi05> Man smurfette turned off my brain yo
[20:00] <FireFly_9> Ugh
[20:00] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> Jed you made all this s[BLEEP]t up right?
[20:00] <// J_Daito //> Dammit not everything I say is a lie Ten'ou.
[20:01] <// J_Daito //> --> Source
[20:02] <--=[ SpeedRcrX ]=--> O_O
[20:02] *** Disconnected
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Haak - I think you just explained one of the mysteries of HGTTG. B[BLEEP]m!

Bogey • 10/14/05 07:24pm

I don't KNOW this, but I suspect they chose these characters to represent children harmed by war.

I certainly don't think children should see this, but I think it's getting enough publicity that they won't unless they're mature enough.

starcat [e-mail] • 10/13/05 12:24am

It doesn't really matter whether it's meant for children or not. It used characters that are popular with children, guaranteeing that children would see it and be traumatized by it. And since they're not the target audience, why even use those characters in the first place?

On a related note, I remember being forced to sit through an anti-drug special when I was in third grade, which featured just about every Saturday morning cartoon character popular at the time. That was targeted at children, obviously, and while I thought it sucked it probably did some good. I doubt the viewing experience would have been enhanced by showing, say, Smurfette parading around as a crack whore, Gargamel ODing on cocaine, or Papa Smurf being shot in a drive-by. But that's pretty much what they're doing here, and by doing that they're distracting people from the message they're trying to get across. THAT is the problem I have with this, and that's why whoever put this ad together is a freaking moron.

Jack Flagg • 10/12/05 10:37pm

Oh, read the damn article already. It's not meant for children.

starcat [e-mail] • 10/12/05 10:23pm

"We wanted something that was real war - Smurfs losing arms, or a Smurf losing a head -but they said no."

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.

Hendrik Coysman, managing director of IMPS, said: "That crying baby really goes to your bones."

The reactions ranged from approval to shock and, in the case of small children who saw the episode by accident, wailing terror.

The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."

yeah...they sure did a good job with that "message" in the film now, didn't they? i'm sure the kids who watched are TOTALY uneffected...
congrats UNICEF, you have completed your goal and mission and have created a monster to forever damage the minds of our youth permanently. now, you'll NEVER be out of a job!
morons...

SaturnGrl [e-mail] • 10/12/05 08:19pm

*will not comment on the actually thing, s'all been said*

I like Haruka's reaction at the end. in denial all the way :)

Sailor Mewtwo [e-mail] • 10/12/05 08:22am

Just in case anyone is curious about what the hell this is all about...

Burundi - a *very* small African country roughly the size of the state of Washington (total land area est. 27830 sq. km ). Estimated pop : 6.3+ million. Very low human development level; essentially a "Third World" nation located between Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Congo. As expected, it has substantial problems with its economy with the majority of its people living below the poverty line ( avg. per capita income per year $619 ).

Finally, in regards to all this arguing back and forth over the "rights and wrongs" of this thing, I think I'll just repeat something Shinji said a long time ago about how sometimes people mean to say something meanful, but get caught up in their emotions and say too much, causing the original message to get lost. Which is what I think has happened with the commercial in question.

UNICEF wanted to shock people and get a reaction. Well, they got it. They succeeded in provoking a reaction, but I don't think it was the kind of reaction they wanted.

Solarchos [e-mail] • 10/11/05 05:37pm

I think the point they're trying to make is "if you won't let children watch this, look at what worse things are happening to other children."

Because really, is it more right to let things happen since they're not in your home?

starcat [e-mail] • 10/11/05 04:15pm

And I quote...

"The people of Belgium have been left reeling by the first ADULT-ONLY episode of the Smurfs"

And from the original article:

"Unicef and the family company, IMPS, which controls all rights to the Smurfs, have stipulated that it is not to be broadcast before the 9pm watershed."

This isn't aimed at small children. It's specifically scheduled to prevent them from seeing it. It's target, it would seem, is adults. And as bizarre as the idea seems, I think it's an admirable attempt to raise awareness of appalling situations in a society that has become largely desensitised to human suffering. It's a sad state of affairs when the "deaths" of some anatomically-improbable, non-existent cartoon characters leads to such a furore, while real deaths go ignored and largely unreported. I think the reaction to this ad alone has proven the validity of UNICEF's argument.

Yeah, yeah, I realise that in this case, the Sub. Senshi are merely highlighting the absurdity of the concept... and yes, it does seem utterly absurd. Having poked around the web, though, I'm sad to report that most of the reaction to this ad (in the English-speaking world at least) seems to collapse into the sort of UN-bashing and general right-wing twattery I've come to loathe. "UNICEF love terrorists", one blog shouts. Well, I suppose they sometimes disagree with US foreign policy, which is the same thing, right, kids?

PS: Sorry, I've had a bad day...

dooky • 10/11/05 02:34pm

Finally, revenge for That Damn Song. Oh come on, it was annoying. Mind you, the actual reason they did this is even dumber. Protect the children! By scarring some for life! Hooray!

Dammit, Belgium.

Haak [e-mail] • 10/11/05 12:20pm

Just to add to Jack's comment...
What about destroying Jem or someother worthless 80s show? Why did it have to be the Smurfs?

Curse those rotten smurfs... now that they're gone, I can't make my gold formula.

TuxRainbow • 10/11/05 12:04pm

When I found this myself, I couldn't believe it; but I suppose if it gets the message out effectively...

*sigh* Humans...is there nothing sacred?

Archangel • 10/11/05 11:52am

Meaning Disney would FUCK UNICEF up the ASS if they did.

Duo • 10/10/05 11:03pm

Because there TOO "American".

Duo • 10/10/05 11:01pm

Geez, I used to like that show. Why couldn't they have bombed the Care Bears back to the Stone Age?

Jack Flagg • 10/10/05 10:58pm

he'd be pissed, I bet he's rolling in his grave.

Duo • 10/10/05 09:25pm

Another 80s cartoon icon gets sold out to the masses. This one, unfortunately, is just wrong.
I wonder what their creator, Peyo, would say, were he alive. La, la, la la la la... *bang*

I feel the pain...

TuxRainbow • 10/10/05 07:08pm



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