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Egypt's Head Of Information Service Blames Tom And Jerry Cartoon For Violence In The Middle East

While speaking to an audience at Cairo University, Ambassador Salah Abdel Sadek said the Tom and Jerry cartoon, video games and "violent" movies has helped to spark violence and extremism throughout the Muslim world. The head of Egypt's Information Service said the cartoon taught children that you can blow people up and contributed to the notion that violence was a "natural part of life."

He said, "[The cartoon] portrays the violence in a funny manner and sends the message that, yes, I can hit him...and I can blow him up with explosives. It becomes set in [the viewers'] mind that this is natural."

He added that it has become common for young men to spend hours playing violent video games. The cartoon was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The team wrote and directed 114 Tom and Jerry shorts between 1940 and 1957. The original series won seven Academy Awards.

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