Evil smurfs? This cannot be true...
One would think the little blue creatures are harmless, but if we are to believe the French sociologist Antoine Buéno, the Smurfs are anything but! In his book, Le petit livre bleu, he explains how the Smurfs are actually, bizarre as it sounds, communist Nazis living in a racist utopia.
When we take a closer look at the Smurf universe, it's hard to ignore all the evidence Buéno points out. The Smurfs all live in a community with one leader, Papa Smurf, they eat all their meals together, rarely leave their own village and it's close to impossible for outsiders to enter their land. Move over North Korea, the Smurf Village is the new dictatorship!
Another thing that is pointed out is how all the Smurfs wear white pointy hats, apart from their leader who wears red, and how this is strangely similar to the white-supremacist organization Ku Klux Klan. This might just be a funny coincidence of course, but there is further evidence to support the theory that the Smurfs have a problem with the color black.
In the comic, one of the Smurfs gets bitten by a fly and as a result he contracts a disease that turns him black, aggressive and unable to speak normally. This disease is highly contagious, and the rest of the Smurfs are now busy trying to avoid the black Smurf.
Later in the comics, they changed the black to purple because of the racist "undertones."
They're Nazis as well?
As well as being racists, Buèno claims the Smurfs are also Nazis. In the clip above, we see the Smurfs performing a hand gesture for their leader, and it is uncanny how similar it is to the Nazi salute. Additionally, the main antagonist in the Smurf universe is the evil wizard Gargamel, who Buèno proposes is actually a caricature of a Jew, with his dark hair, hooked nose, and love for gold.
In an attempt to destroy the Smurfs, Gargamel created a female Smurf with black hair. The idea was that there would be internal chaos due to jealousy if she appeared. To his surprise though, she ends up joining them instead. Gargamel made her out of clay, so Papa Smurf performs a spell that turns her into a real Smurf. By doing this, he also changed her appearance to the more "aryan-looking" Smurfette we all know today, with her blonde hair and small nose.
When the theory was brought to the attention of Thierry Culliford, the son of Smurfs creator Peyo, he dismissed them saying the book was, "between the grotesque and the not serious.”
You have to admit though, Buéno made some very good points in his book, and I'm not sure a simple dismissal is enough to stop the conspiracy theorists out there.