Friday, March 31, 2017

Smurfette the Temptress

The embodiment of evil
Image from Smurfsfanon Wiki
In the Israeli town of Bnei Brak they are very modest and there are laws to keep it that way. There, the majority of citizens are Ultra-Orthodox Jews, so they do what they can to prevent sordid images from defiling their eyes, particularly lust-inducing sexy images.

As a result, local regulations prohibit signs and billboards from containing pictures of any women who might, "incite the feelings of the city’s residents." In the past this has included Jennifer Lawrence and Tinkerbell (who wasn't modeled after Marilyn Monroe, incidentally, but was curvaceous enough to be banned).

And most recently, Smurfette. I totally respect their zeal, by the way, but... Smurfette?

Yup. Following the letter of the law, the regular billboard ad for Smurfs: The Lost Village, which includes Smurfette, was edited to show only Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty Smurfs. That way her Smurfalicious charms won't lead any innocent bystanders astray.

They do have a point though: Originally, the Smurfs were entirely stag, but then in 1966 their arch-enemy Gargamel created Smurfette artificially to lure all the real Smurfs to their doom. Luckily, wise old Papa Smurf transformed her into a real, live girl Smurf, thereby changing her hair color from black to blonde and her allegiance from the dark side to goodness.

She still leads all the male Smurfs to their doom: Every last one of them (except Papa Smurf I presume) has a crush on Smurfette. But now it's a good kind of doom.

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