Were the Smurfs Nazis?
New book claims the little blue creatures were living in a Nazi utopia
By Tim Karan, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2011 4:21 PM CDT
The Smurfs were living in a utopian Nazi society, claims a new book.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Things might have been a little smurfed up in Smurf Village. The friendly blue creatures were socialists and "the embodiment of a totalitarian utopia, steeped in Stalinism and Nazism," says one French sociologist in the new book, Le Petit Livre Bleu, or The Little Blue Book. The author claims the Smurfs—introduced in a Belgian newspaper in 1958—lived in a utopian society akin to Hitler's vision for Berlin, reports the Huffington Post.

The book author's arguments: The Smurfs are led by the authority figure, Papa Smurf; Smurfette was a perfect Aryan; Smurf Village is a collective economy where no one Smurf owned property; and the monster who plagues them—Gargamel—matches up with negative Jewish caricatures. In addition, the author says the first comic strip, "The Black Smurfs," was a thinly veiled commentary on a racial threat. "In that album, the Smurfs are sick," he says. "And when they're sick, they don't turn purple or red or anything like that, they become black. And when they become black, they lose all trace of intelligence." The son of the creator of the Smurfs says the claims are "between the grotesque and the not serious." (Click for more, including a video interview with the author and with fans who think he's off base.)

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Jun 4, 2011 11:15 AM CDT
I have an idea for the best Tarantino crossover ever, Inglorious Bastards II: Kill Blue
Jun 4, 2011 9:59 AM CDT
this guy is obviously only literate enough to form sentences out of words. this tale orignated in either south sweden or south norway( i forget which). it started sometime during the plague era and gargamel was the dark hero. a small town started getting plague and it hit the kids first. instead of trying to save them the townspeople led them to the outskirts of town and left them to die. a local necromancer( summoner of the undead) named gargamel was outraged at this blackest of evils, so he raised the childrens little blue corpses from the dead and let them wreak a hellish vengence on the townfolk. this was a moral tale passed around at the time to prevent just such occurences( which were happening all over Eurasia), like " look even the most evil type of devil worshipping man is outraged by this action." knowledge bomb delivered.
Jun 4, 2011 9:37 AM CDT
I'm feeling a little blue about this story...