Tomorrow's Pioneers (رواد الغد Arabic romanization: Ruwād al-Ghad; also known as The Pioneers of Tomorrow) is a Palestinian "children's program" that aired from April 13, 2007 to October 16, 2009 on the Palestinian Hamas-affiliated television station, Al-Aqsa TV (مرئية الأقصى قناة الأقصى). The show features young host Saraa Barhoum and her co-host, a large costumed animal as they perform skits (or "scenes") and discuss life in Palestine in a talk show fashion with call-ins from children (typically of age 9–13 with some as young as 3). Presented in a children's educational format similar to such shows as Sesame Street or Barney and Friends, Tomorrow's Pioneers has been highly controversial as it contains antisemitism, anti-Americanism, and other anti-Western themes.
Why It Sucks
- It portrays Americans, and especially Jewish people incredibly negatively, similar to Al Jazeera.
- It's very wrong in its teachings. As a program funded by the Hamas Organization, it obviously teaches terrorism to children.
- It promotes child soldiers, terrorism, and suicide bombers.
- It's basically a series of recruitment videos for Hamas.
- The show features evil rip-off versions of well-known cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse (Farfour), Maya the Bee (Nahool; although he is male), Bugs Bunny/Roger Rabbit (Assoud), and Winnie the Pooh (Nassur).
- The first episode has Farfour getting punished not because he was rooting for the Israelis, but because he spoke English. In that particular episode, Saraa and Hazim keep saying that it is "terrorist talk" which is stupid and ironic since some people speak English in Palestine.
- There's an infamous and horrifying scene in episode 105 (the Season 1 finale) were an actor dressed as an Israeli government official beats Farfour to death after the latter calls him a terrorist. This scene can be both shocking and disturbing to both Mickey Mouse fans and little kids.
- Farfour isn't actually the only character that dies, every other character on the show that is not named Saraa, Uncle Hazim and Nassur, dies in a horrifying or shocking way at the finale of every season.
- Nahool dies after becoming seriously ill and the Israeli authorities refuse to allow his family to take him to an Egyptian hospital for treatment.
- Assoud dies in the hospital after the Israeli Air Force attacks his town during the Gaza War.
- The "children's songs" that are also known as "nursery rhymes" are actually propaganda songs that praise Hamas.
- The show has repetitive plots. On every episode, they glorify terrorism.
- The costumes used for characters including Farfour look absolutely horrendous and unintentionally creepy.
- For some reason, the costumed characters have family members that are not even of the species the costumed character is, which shows laziness from the creators of the show.
- In the Season 1 finale (which is the episode in which Farfour dies), Farfour's grandpa (which dies of natural causes in the same episode) appears, but the grandpa is actually a human actor, instead of a mouse-like Farfour.
- The same thing happens in the Season 2 finale, where Assoud is informed that Nahool has died, leading to a lame plot twist where it is revealed that Assoud was Nahool's brother, which is stupid due to it being impossible a bee and a rabbit to all be siblings in real life! That's like Coop and Millie Burtonburger turning out to be Dilweed and Fungus Chuck's niece and nephew.
- Another example occurs in episode 202, when Nahool takes Farfour's place as co-host of the show, however, it is revealed that Farfour was actually Nahool's cousin.
- Apart from the death scenes and the Hamas propaganda, there is a controversial scene in which Nahool is seen entering a Palestinian zoo where he proceeds to swing cats by their tails and throw rocks at lions. Despite the scene being made for kids to teach them that injuring animals is bad, it is still a bad influence on kids and that is something Eric Cartman from South Park would do.
- The voice acting for Farfour is plain awful and laughable as if a sick elderly man took the place.
- It was said that Diane Disney Miller got a letter from the director of Tomorrow’s Pioneers, saying that the creators denied that the show was teaching evil, and he demanded the network not pull the show off the air, showing that he can't take criticism.
- It was so dreadful, that after the show was cancelled, it got banned in many countries.
- The costumed characters are so bad, annoying, and heartless, they make Walt Disney, Waldemar Bonsels, Tex Avery, Alan Alexander Milne, and Ernest Howard Sheperd roll in their graves.
Reception And Criticism
Although there is no official reception of Tomorrow's Pioneers from sites like IMDb, the show was universally panned by critics and audiences alike, and many have considered this show to be one of, if not the worst children's show of all time. Criticisms concerning the content and methods employed in the broadcast of Tomorrow's Pioneers have come from a variety of sources. Israeli officials and critics from the Anti-Defamation League have denounced the program as incendiary and outrageous in content. Watchdog groups, Palestinian Media Watch and MEMRI have described the show as "anti-Israeli," and PMW has commented on the show's "champion[ing of] violence, promot[ion of] hatred of Israel and preach[ing] about world Islamic supremacy." Within the Arabic community, critics have suggested that the show has potential to introduce bias in children at an age when they are unable to properly differentiate between political viewpoints.
Even Walt Disney's last surviving child, Diane Disney Miller, hated this show. She described it as pure evil, as it teaches children to be evil and it goes against every grain of humanity.