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