Tom andJerry not allowed to smoke

Posted on August 14, 2006 

Tom and Jerry not allowed to smoke

Classic cartoons are to have smoking scenes cut out.

Politically correct TV chiefs made the decision as kids’ channel Boomerang after Ofcome investigated a complaint.

The complaint about Tom and Jerry said scenes in which Tom smoked a roll up in one episode and a rival cat smoked a cigar in another were inappropriate for young viewers.

According to The Sun Ofcom said: “We recognise that these are historic cartoons, mostly produced in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, at a time when smoking was more generally accepted.

“The smoking usually appears in a stylised manner and it is frequently not condoned, but the level for editorial justification required for the inclusion of smoking in such cartoons is necessarily high.”

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from Ananova

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