During a speech at a conference titled ‘The Media and the Culture of Violence’ at Cairo University, Ambassador Salah Abdel Sadek, the head of Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS), attributed the rise of violence and extremism across the Arab world to children’s cartoon Tom and Jerry, video games and ‘violent’ movies.  

He said that Tom and Jerry sets an idea in the viewer’s mind that violence is natural. His words: “Tom and Jerry portrays the violence in a funny manner and sends the message that, yes, I can hit him…and I can blow him up with explosives. It becomes set in [the viewer’s] mind that this is natural.

Video games are spreading…[those] that came out recently with technological advancements. It has become very normal for a young man to spend long hours playing video games, killing and spilling blood and he’s happy and content.” 

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