State TV regrets cartoon with anti-Jewish tinge

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

VIENNA (AP) – Austria’s state TV is apologizing for broadcasting a 1930s Walt Disney cartoon critics say reinforces anti-Semitic stereotypes of the era.

"The Three Little Pigs” depicts the Big Bad Wolf disguised as a Jewish beggar, complete with a long nose, beard and caftan, as he tries to gain entry to one of the pigs’ homes. The Austria Press Agency says it was seen last week on one of the network’s children’s programs.

Program Director Wolfgang Lorenz expressed his “great” regrets Tuesday the cartoon was broadcast. He spoke of a slip-up that evaded the "strictest quality criteria,” and said he would make sure "such a mistake ... will not occur again."

Criticism was first voiced by the weekly “Falter” magazine.

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