Women can’t win! Not even tiny humanoid blue ones who live in mushrooms!
Yep — the latest bit of sexism has been aimed at the Smurfs of all things.
In pics of the Smurfs: The Lost Village movie poster (above) in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, fans quickly noticed Smurfette had been completely cropped out!
The town is known for its VERY conservative stance on the images of women on billboards and in advertisements. The belief is that any image of a woman can potentially be sexually provocative or offensive.
Gross. But separately… Smurfette??? She’s a cartoon character!
According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the PR company for the movie’s distributor, Forum Film, chose to alter the original poster (below) so as “not to harm residents’ sensibilities.”
Isn’t our world crazy? In one corner we have a trashy tabloid focusing on female world leaders’ legs instead of their achievements, and in the other corner we have a female cartoon character effectively being erased for being too “provocative.”