Ultra-Orthodox Jews are spared the sight of a female Smurf
The billboard above – advertising a a new Smurf movie – has been censored to ensure that Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Bnei Brak in Israel aren’t offended.
According to this report, the original poster for Smurfs: The Lost Village, shows four of the tiny blue humanoids – but one one, a blonde Smurfette, was cropped from the ads in the district by the PR company Mirka’im – Hutzot Zahav.
The company distributing the movie, Forum Film, said that the PR company decided not to hang the original posters in Bnei Brak in order not to harm residents’ sensibilities, adding that it is not accepted practice for images of women to appear on the city’s billboards.
The removal of females from public view is not confined to Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Earlier this month, when Saudi Arabia wanted to show off its inaugural girls’ council in al-Qassim province, they overlooked one thing: the girls.
Pictures released to mark the first Qassim Girls Council meeting showed 13 men on stage, and not a single female.
The women were apparently in another room, linked via video.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Smurf report)