'Tom and Jerry' blamed for Middle East violence

Posted at 6:24 AM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 06:27:53-04

The Middle East can be pretty violent at times. One Egyptian official thinks he knows why: video gamesviolent movies and "Tom and Jerry."

The head of Egypt's State Information Service floated his theory at a Cairo University media conference.

According to Egyptian Streets, during a talk at Cairo University, SIS Ambassador Salah Abdel Sadek said: "[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."

At least one Egyptian outlet agreed. According to Youm7, the cartoon promotes drinking, smoking, theft and a distorted concept of justice.

Others weren't as convinced.

No word yet on whether "Tom and Jerry" will be censored in Egypt as part of its plan to combat extremists. 

This video includes images from Getty Images and Sowr / CC BY 2.0 and clips from the Egyptian Army.