we live - really, we do - in a mind-numbing age of stupidity. nyt:
Mr. Miyazaki’s film, which is aimed at adults, also features at least eight scenes in which characters smoke cigarettes. That imagery, while historically correct, stirred controversy in Japan because of its potential impression on young viewers and could prompt an even louder reaction in North America, where animation is seen to a much greater degree as a product for children.
so you'd take a great artist, and condemn his work of historical fiction on the grounds that people smoke in it? if this even occurs to you, you should quit our species now. smoking might kill you, but procedures like this are worse: they make you deserve death. in fact, if you're watching a hiyao miyazaki movie and counting the scenes in which people smoke cigarettes, i think you should begin to regard yourself as a disease vector.