Here is an amazing YouTube video that defies belief. It is of an Iranian professor giving a lecture to students on the hidden meaning of the Tom and Jerry cartoons.
Not only does the sheer idiocy of his premise fair take your breath away, but all the statements of fact underlying his idiotic premise are dead wrong.
He makes the case that the Tom and Jerry cartoons were made by the Jewish Walt Disney.
First, the Tom and Jerry cartoons were made by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera (Hanna Barbera), both good catholic boys.
Second, not only was Walt Disney not Jewish, he probably had more than just a little touch of the anti-Semite on him. According to Jay Epstein, in his great book The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood, Walt Disney always referred to the heads of the other Hollywood studios as “The Jews.” (BTW, this is a great book if you want to learn how Hollywood really works, and are interested at all in the history of the movie biz.)
The Iranian professor has conjured up his ‘scholarly’ theory that the ‘Jewish’ Walt Disney developed the Tom and Jerry cartoons to make Europeans overcome their distaste for mice. Why mice? Because the Germans had referred to the Jews as “dirty mice.” His theory is that since the Germans did this, Europeans connected dirty mice with Jews. The ‘Jewish” Walt Disney then made these cartoons about a cute, clever mouse to make mice, and by extension Jews, more acceptable to Europeans.
The most troubling aspect of this whole thing is not just the idiocy, but the seriousness of the students as they furiously take their notes.
A hat tip to Andrew Sullivan for this one.