Austrian TV sorry for anti-Jewish Disney cartoon

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Three Little Pigs

Three Lit­tle Pigs

Austria’s State TV apol­o­gized Tues­day for air­ing a ver­sion of Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning car­toon Three Lit­tle Pigs that, crit­ics allege, strengthen anti-Jewish stereo­types present when it was made in 1933.

The orig­i­nal ver­sion of the car­toon shows the Big Bad Wolf dis­guised as a long-nosed Jew­ish ped­dler, sport­ing a beard and caf­tan, as he tries to enter one of the pigs’ homes. Mod­ern releases of the car­toon have deleted that scene, rean­i­mat­ing it so that the Wolf would appear as a Yiddish-accented Fuller Brush Man. Air­ings on Amer­i­can TV have changed the scene fur­ther, redub­bing the Wolf’s voice so that he does not sound stereo­typ­i­cally Jewish.

How­ever, the Aus­tria Press Agency says, the orig­i­nal ver­sion was shown last week on one of the network’s children’s programs.

State TV pro­gram direc­tor Wolf­gang Lorenz offered his “great” regrets that the car­toon was broad­cast. He said there was a mis­take that escaped the “strictest qual­ity cri­te­ria.” Lorenz said he would ensure that “such a mis­take… will not occur again.”

The weekly Fal­ter mag­a­zine first expressed crit­i­cism of the broadcast.

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