I can’t help but feel Georges is being a bit prissy here. And of course the moral is at least half hypocritical, as Jijé himself painted nudes, for example. Besides, the corrupting movie looks like great fun! Well, at least they can all come together and agree on stylish trench coats…
The Journal thankfully relaxed its prudery decades ago (for example, check out the cover of next week’s issue).
As usual, an accompanying moral message from the Robbedoes Almanak 1944, which focuses more on the “getting your hands dirty” part (and again has reordered the points):
A Friend of Spirou is not afraid to get his hands dirty, but keeps himself clean in thought, word and deed.
That’s the sixth point of our code of honor, and it is perhaps one of the most important. Of course all Spirou Rascals and Rascalettes understand the meaning of this point. A true Friend of Spirou is prepared to roll up his sleeves when needs be. He doesn’t shrink from a bit of work, a bit of elbow grease, even if he may have to get his hands dirty. A true Spirou Rascal goes to without hesitation, straight to business! If he sees that Mother has a chore to take care of, he’ll rush to help her. He picks, if he’s allowed to, her vegetables from the garden and gets her coal or wood out of the coal bin. If he sees a porter on the street who’s in trouble, he’ll help him carry his load or push his trolley. He doesn’t have to be asked or implored. He does it eagerly and cheerfully.
But a true Spirou Rascal is also pure in thought, word and deed. He wants nothing to do with filthy talk or furtiveness. He is frank and open in all he says and does, so that it’s fit for anyone to hear and know about.
This point is so important that we will return to it later on. In any case, it’s on our program for this month!
The Robbedoes Almanak did in fact return to the point later on, repeating the comic later in the almanac along with a second text (here translated by Miriam):
The previous time we focused on this point of the code, I told you we would return to it later on; and we will do so now. Remember what it’s about? A Friend of Spirou is not afraid to get his hands dirty, but keeps himself clean in thought, word and deed.
This point is very important. There have been people who ruined their whole lives because they didn’t know or keep to all facets of this point. In the first place, all Spirou Rascals and Rascalettes should know that manual labor is something noble, and that there’s no shame at all in making your hands dirty with work that requires effort. If there weren’t always people who perform manual labor, the human race would quickly go extinct.
That’s why we should always honor manual labor and shouldn’t dread to make our hands dirty and our body tired. Work sets you free! Besides that, pureness in thought, word and deed is the finest ornament a boy or girl can have. Don’t say or do things your sweet Mother shouldn’t see or hear. Honest and straightforward, frank and open-minded, pure in all acts and thoughts: that’s a true Spirou Rascal and Rascalette.