In the latest twist on the ages-old "Art? Or Unsightly
Naughty Bulge?" debate, Orthodox Jews in Israel have joined
the long list of groups who are really angry about stuff that
Rabbis in Israel are complaining that publicity posters for the latest Disney
animated feature, "Tarzan," which features a semi-clad Tarzan swinging through
the jungle on vines, are obscene and should be banned from public view.
Strangely enough, the BBC, who first reported this story, couldn't find an
actual Rabbi who was willing to go on the record about the controversy, nor was
there an official group involved or anything like that, but as the news service
mentions in a sidebar to the article, every time in the past Disney has come
under fire from religious groups (most notably regarding the films "The Little
Mermaid," which supposedly portrayed a minister sprouting a woody, and
"Alladin," which supposedly included a sekrit message from Robin Williams
exhorting teenagers to have big sloppy sex) sales and box-office receipts of
their products have gone way up.
I mean, if you're going to really be angry about obscenity in Disney films, how
about portraying a 12-year-old Pocahontas as a big-breasted wood nymph who has
sex with the first White Man she sees? And how come nobody ever gets mad about
Robin Williams' flimsily concealed drug flick "Flubber"? Huh? Eh?