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India and Pakistan attempt to ban Doraemon for its ‘corruptive influence’

Doraemon, the blue robot cat who’s been beloved in Japan for almost 50 years, is being railed against in India and Pakistan where campaigns are calling to ban the character from their TV screens. The Guardian reports that social conservatives have called the anime out for corrupting children and encouraging misbehaviour, saying “The language that is used in the cartoons is destroying our societal norms”.

In his home country, the feline from the 22nd century has been praised as an example of the positive power of technology. But his critics have little faith that his gadgets improve anyone’s quality of life. Rather, they feel that when children see him use these inventions, they’re more likely to depend on others instead of solving their own problems.

The campaign has been gathering supporters since this summer, when Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) political party member Malik Taimur said Punjab should ban 24-hour cartoon channels, singling out Doraemon for the heaviest condemnation. The issue will be discussed in the largest province of Pakistan later this month, with the purpose of bringing the campaign to a resolution.

Crayon Shin-chan has also fallen foul of Middle-Eastern opinion, as last year authorities in Indonesia sought to censor his penchant for mooning his viewers. Regulators deemed the show to be “borderline pornography”, and warned broadcasters that they should conceal all scenes with scantily-clad women and silence five-year-old Shin-chan’s bawdy Freudian slips.

Fujiko F Fujio’s Doraemon manga has sold over 100 million copies, and its anime adaptation translated into more than 30 languages. The cat’s been meaning well since 1969, and if a cartoon makes some kids think it’s funny to insult their parents, well, we certainly aren’t blaming that on Doraemon.

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Otaku blogger, mum and hyper-pixie of the cosmic realms. Might have made that last part up. Or did I?

14 Comments on India and Pakistan attempt to ban Doraemon for its ‘corruptive influence’

  1. The practice of banning books/tv shows has always been a longstanding practice in that part of the world. The same used to be true of the US, but now we just stick to banning individual episodes for some odd reason or another. Information censorship in general is a dubious prospect, as there is very little positive impact in forcefully keeping people ignorant.

    While I can understand the aversion to Crayon shin-chan in most conservative cultures, Doraemon in particular is an odd choice for banning. More than likely it’s just a face for the greater movement of banning cartoon shows. Unfortunate in either case, since these shows can often teach a lot. It’s a sign of the warped priorities of these nations, where they have much bigger problems with their “societal norms” than Doraemon.

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    • Elisabeth O'Neill // October 7, 2016 at 18:28 // Reply

      Indeed, there are deep-rooted social issues within the cultural structure itself in some cases, and yet they claim these harmless shows are “corrupting” their cultures and faiths. Hmm. Whatever you’re trying to protect your kids from, outright suppression and pretending it doesn’t exist isn’t the answer. Education is.

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  2. What the HECK O.O

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  3. 😀 This is funny!! My mum always encouraged me to be ‘smart’ like Doraemon!! In a way, it’s sad that Doraemon has to be banned, especially since I ❤ him so much!! :3

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  4. India and Pakistan rarely see eye to eye. Only the power of anime can make them come together… shame then that it is ban a rather innocent cartoon.

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  5. I’m from India and as far as I know, there has not been much issues against ‘Doraemon’ here. But it might be going on in Pakistan, about which I don’t have much knowledge. One thing that is known for sure is that Doraemon has been praised here for as long as I can remember and almost all the people of India are aware of that fact and would hate this series to be banned ever. The case is same for ‘Crayon Shin-chan’

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    • Elisabeth O'Neill // October 12, 2016 at 11:14 // Reply

      Once again, it’s the angry few trying to ruin the happiness of so many others based on narrow-mindedness. I really, really hope all those kids don’t have to be punished for the shallow hatred of some of their elders.

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