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    Sunday, August 27, 2006

    Airbrushing history

    Get a grip folks. Damn nannies.


    A British TV channel is snuffing out smoking from classic children's cartoons after a viewer complaint about episodes of "Tom and Jerry."

    "We have now pledged to view Boomerang's entire library of favorite cartoons and remove all other references that could be seen as glamorizing smoking in all our shows," said Cecilia Persson, vice president of programming, acquisitions and presentation for Boomerang's parent, Turner Broadcasting UK.

    Turner said the decision applied only to Boomerang's output in Britain, which includes "The Flintstones," "The Jetsons" and "Scooby-Doo."

    British TV regulator Ofcom said Monday that one viewer had complained about two "Tom and Jerry" cartoons - each more than 50 years old. In "Texas Tom," Tom the cat tries to impress a female feline by rolling and smoking a cigarette with one hand. In "Tennis Chumps," Tom's opponent is seen smoking a cigar.


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