No space for Smurfette in Israeli city


March 29, 2017
File Smurfette (centre) in a scene from 'The Smurfs 2'

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP):

Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long disliked public displays of women, whether the images are of female public figures or ordinary women.

Now even animated characters appear to be a no-go.

The PR company promoting Smurfs: The Lost Village movie, which opens Thursday in Israel, says it has removed the images of Smurfette - the only female Smurf character - from promo posters in the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak.

The company said it did not want to offend residents. The original poster shows Smurfette alongside friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty.