This is the kind of story that shows that fact really can be stranger than fiction. Hasan Bolkhari is the Iranian Education Minister, not part of a government known for supporting hermeneutics and deconstruction. Nonetheless, he boldly made a rather creepy post-modern suggestion that Derrida, Deluze and the rest would be proud of:
Watch Schindler’s List. Every Jew was forced to wear yellow star on his clothing. The Jews were degraded and termed ‘dirty mice.’ Tom and Jerry was made in order to change the Europeans’ perception of mice. One of terms used was ‘dirty mice.’â€¦Tom and Jerry was made in order to display the exact opposite image. If you happen to watch this cartoon tomorrow, bear in mind the points I have just raised, and watch it from this perspective. The mouse is very clever and smart. Everything he does is so cute.
Unbe-fucking-leavable! European hermeneuticists and the like would drool over drawing such hidden connections! Hasan Bolkahri clearly should be teaching philosophy at the Sorbonne! Furthermore, like any good
continental philosopher, Bolkahri provides some evidence for the premises in his argument:
Some say that this creation by Walt Disney will be remembered forever. The Jewish Walt Disney Company gained international fame with this cartoon. It is still shown throughout the world. This cartoon maintains its status because of the cute antics of the cat and mouse â€“ especially the mouse.
OK, that wasn’t very convincing justification. If Bolkahri took Muffti’s class and handed this in, he’d probably get a C- at best.
>Muffti and his good friend Kenny noticed that Bolkhari’s thesis is applicable to another famous cat and mouse duo, Itchy and Scratchy, depicted up top. Scratchy, the cat, is the constant victim of Itchy’s murderous plots. Why would the Simpsons encourage such a reversal of the usual supposed cat and mouse dynamic? Well, clearly to reverse the perception of mice! Of course, the Muffti/Kenny case is a stretch because in Tom and Jerry, the mouse acted defensively against the cat’s acts of aggression while in Itchy and Scratcy, Scratchy is just the innocent victim of mouse-rage. But, as good post modernists, the Kenny/Muffti can back up their ridiculous theory with a ridiculous defense : ZOG is advancing from stage 1 of the take-over (where the Jews improve their image as mice to cute) to stage 2 (where the Jews try to get everyone else to accept the fact that they are about to be subject to the whims of the Jews).
Kenny and Muffti ought to be invited to give the key note address at the next big Iranian conference: The World Without Mice.
Hat tip to Media Backspin and MEMRI TV (where you can actually see the video of Bolkahari). Thanks to Kenny for pointing out the story in the first place, as well as the brilliant title. Thanks to Idan for the brilliant World Without Mice Image.