Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has imposed a ban on Tom and Jerry cartoons claiming that it is nothing more than pro-Zionist American propaganda. Speaking to The Persian Insider, Khamenei had this to say:
"If you watch the show carefully you can see the subtle political implications. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that Tom represents the Arab world and us the Persians and that Jerry represents the evil Zionist so-called State of Israel. Tom tries his utmost to capture and ultimately eat Jerry but is always unsuccessful. That is symbolic of us and our Arab neighbours continuously trying to destroy Israel yet failing every time. But this is how subtle the Great Satan America is in its propaganda. That pro-Zionist show really makes me angry. That is why the Government of Iran has issued a permanent ban on the highly offensive cartoon. This is how fiendishly cunning the Americans have become in trying to negatively influence our children."
Contacted to give a response to the somewhat bizarre claims by the Ayatollah, President of Cartoon Network which broadcasts Tom and Jerry, Christina Miller said:
"I find it quite laughable that a man whose regime constantly calls for the destruction of the State of Israel, sponsors terrorist anti-Israeli organizations like Hezbollah and who is notorious for referring to the lovely U.S. of A as the Great Satan, has the audacity to be angered by a silly, funny cartoon which only serves to make children laugh, and refers to it as propaganda. But then again, is there ever a time when Ayatollahs aren't angry?"