French academic: Smurfs are Nazis

Even as a kid, I figured there had to be something wrong with any society that only had one female.

Yet another reason to make fun of France.

Yet another reason to make fun of France.

Now, a French academic who has studied the society and culture of Smurfs, the tiny blue cartoon characters who are constantly beset by the evil Gargamel, says they’ve got other problems.

They are fascists, or maybe commies. Or a little of both.

I’m not sure what that would make Gargamel. A capitalist?

In Le Nouvel Observateur, Antoine Buéno writes that he’s been surprised by the violent reaction to “Le Petit Livre Bleu” (The Little Blue Book), which blasts the cerulean society crafted by Belgian cartoonist Peyo.

Perhaps it’s because he wrote the Smurfs live in “a totalitarian utopia [akin to] Stalinism and Nazism”?

What’s Buéno’s proof?

The Worldcrunch website helps us out with an English translation.

The Smurfs are self-sufficient. Smurf society is collectivist and interventionist. Its only leader, Papa Smurf, is all-powerful. And, like Stalin, his favorite color is red.

They all eat at the canteen and are all ridiculously puritan. Racism is obvious: blood purity becomes something vital and the dark brown Smurf is referred to as “the ugly one.” In another album called “Smurfette,” Buéno notes how the Aryan blond is idealized.

The Smurfs are also united against a sworn enemy called Gargamel, a large-nosed, black-haired possibly anti-Semitic caricature, and his cat Azrael.

It doesn’t take Brainy Smurf to figure out this guy’s got way too much time on his hands.

40 comments Add your comment

Browncoat

June 9th, 2011
5:08 pm

The French……. wow.

Spanky

June 9th, 2011
5:10 pm

Guess you got tired of watching grass grow….

old

June 9th, 2011
5:32 pm

This is an old report…they have been saying the smurfs are communist for years!

BIGGUNS

June 9th, 2011
5:34 pm

No wonder France keeps getting invaded.

dougmo2

June 9th, 2011
5:51 pm

If this guy is French and Papa Smurf is a Nazi, shouldn’t Papa Smurf be demanding he surrender?

JustSayin

June 9th, 2011
5:51 pm

totalitarian utopia doesn’t sound that bad :-)

Tad Jackson

June 9th, 2011
5:59 pm

When we’re caught trying to dissect the cultural, political, and sexual nuances of cartoon characters then free time is definitely enjoyed in mass quantities. I can’t remember exactly the same conclusions made on the Teletubbies, but the findings, I believe, pointed to a coming global apocalypse even though they couldn’t talk and didn’t seem mean and nasty and calculating at all, even on a local scale. They never kicked those little rabbits out of their way. In other words, one Teletubby was not normal … or something like that.

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Sandy Vee

June 9th, 2011
8:21 pm

Be easy on the French, they perfected the art of the Battle Field Retreat and are responsible for many war time inventions. Such as the “Reverse” gear on tanks, and the rubber bumper for rifle stock butt so they don’t break when dropped during retreat.

Camel's Hump

June 9th, 2011
8:25 pm

I think that academics have it a helluva lot better off than Communists. Most young college girls are hot and impressionable and will do anything for good grades, not to mention that most of the ones in Liberal Arts are looking for something a little more to get them going…really wish that I had gotten a Doctorate and was making about $ 30 k teaching a senior seminar right now….oh, and spending months writing about the Smurf society…I mean, how much pot can one grown man consume…what a life….

seadog14

June 9th, 2011
8:27 pm

I thought “idiotism” was only an American trait, I guess not. These are the supposed “intellects” scary—-

RedNeck Rick

June 9th, 2011
8:34 pm

Even as a kid, I always wondered…why only one girl?

Cartoon lover

June 9th, 2011
8:49 pm

I remember growing up a girld told us her father wouldn’t allow her to watch smurfs because they were communist. It’s amazing the power art can have on people. Smurfs were also accused of witchcraft too! Conservative Christians complained about Papa Smurf being a wizard along with Gargamel. They tried to soften the reference by referring to Gargamel as an ALCHEMIST! In the early years Gargamel wanted to turn the smurfs to gold…they changed it to eating the smurfs becuase of the complaints of the conservatives. This is the first I’ve heard about the smurfs being facists…I can see the communist(which viewed from an objective non-american cold war era is not bad or good). Now there were/are smurf comics in Europe…so maybe this is reference to that….because I can’t remember a dark brown smurf to be able to say the smurf were or weren’t racist… interesting… Anyway…if you are a child of the 80’s be sure to go and see the Smurf’s movie this summer and take your KIDS!

Harrison Dangler

June 9th, 2011
9:36 pm

It is offical, French academicians are complete douche bags.

Low Country Brave

June 9th, 2011
9:43 pm

I actually grew up to a kid that wasn’t allowed to watch the Smurfs because they were communists. If I’m not mistaken, it was a church thing. Now they are Nazis; who knew?

whatdoiknow

June 9th, 2011
10:37 pm

I hear today’s Democratic party are Smurfs . . . That one Smurf girl . . . Was she happy being the only girl?

WhatDa

June 9th, 2011
10:47 pm

Is Palin behind this shyte?

good grief

June 9th, 2011
11:16 pm

Just what the world needs, more “progressive” thinking by enlightened academics.

Handy Smurf

June 9th, 2011
11:19 pm

We aren’t Nazis, you moron. We’re Quakers!

the french version of sean hannity

June 9th, 2011
11:49 pm

everyone else is a communist, nazi pinko!

Don't Worry

June 10th, 2011
2:03 am

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Don't Worry

June 10th, 2011
2:05 am

If they are Nazis or Commies don’t worry we will pull your entire continents asp out of the soup…again, like we always do.

Dennis

June 10th, 2011
2:22 am

Maybe ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn can use this as a defense in his trial. “I thought ze housekeeper was a Smurfette”.

bill boeing

June 10th, 2011
4:46 am

what a bunch of crap! this all this guys has to do? really? i think he needs to get a life!

Catherine

June 10th, 2011
6:58 am

The author is Belgian not French. What a well read, well traveled and evolved country we are.

Benny

June 10th, 2011
7:27 am

What about the “Care Bears”?
There was 13 of them, and they represented WITCHCRAFT!
Don’t get me started about Masters of the Universe.
Hahahaha.

d

June 10th, 2011
7:55 am

I’ve realized the communist nature of the Smurfs for a while now. Nothing new here.

Just for Laughs

June 10th, 2011
7:57 am

What the Smurf is this guy on?

Call it like it is

June 10th, 2011
8:02 am

For Sale, One French WWII rifle, never shot, dropped only once.

Mickey Pudge

June 10th, 2011
8:28 am

Let me get this straight…Smurfs=Nazis? So, what the $hell are Snorks?

jo

June 10th, 2011
8:35 am

Not sure which is sadder, that people actually “study” this, or that someone actually paid to fund this type of “study”. Messier Bueno surely has too much time on his hands.

jo

June 10th, 2011
8:36 am

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Observer

June 10th, 2011
8:38 am

This story says so much more about French Academics than the Smurfs.

Though…..I agree, I always found it odd that Smurfette was the only female!

sarah

June 10th, 2011
8:40 am

this is old news, but really…the comment “another reason to make fun of France” is uncalled for, and immature. Look at recent events in Libya if you need any additional confirmation that America’s perception of France is seriously distorted. “Les Schtroumpfs” have been accused of being communist for ages, and I love them anyway!

sarah

June 10th, 2011
8:46 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12796972

notice the quote that FRANCE fired the first shots. learn a little more history before simply spouting off anti- france propaganda. and maybe look at France in WWI to see why the idea of surrender was so appealing. or maybe look at what happened to the French president after the fall Vichy France to see how cowardly they are.

Greg S.

June 10th, 2011
9:02 am

Oh yeah! Ya gotta love the french!

Why did I even read this?

June 10th, 2011
9:46 am

Camel’s Hump, you’re an idiot.

AJC, thanks for the riveting story. I am ashamed of myself for wasting my life away reading your news.

boo french

June 10th, 2011
11:44 am

No wonder the French have trouble winning wars. This is really newsworthy.

Bubba Gump

June 10th, 2011
3:32 pm

…And this coming from the people who crowned Napoleon emperor!

Lumpy

June 15th, 2011
3:37 pm

Sooo…will France be surrendering to the Smurf’s now?
I know I’m late, but I couldn’t resist.

Millhouse

June 22nd, 2011
3:26 pm

How much does this guy get paid every year?