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Monday, September 12, 2005

Cartoons Exposed!

Some of you may be familiar with the horribly racist stereotypes often used in WWII era cartoons. Even Bugs Bunny's hands aren't clean on this state of affairs.

What has remained hidden until this time is how many cartoons continued unflattering portrayals well into the 60's and 70's.

For instance, in one episode of the beloved Scooby-Doo, after capturing Old Man Pistone, Fred calls the man a very unflattering name.

Old Man Pistone: ...and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for you pesky kids!
Fred: (chuckling to himself) Shut up, Wop.


Obviously, that episode only aired once. The outcry was so vast that producers scrambled to create a likable ethnic character to join the gang. Their attempt left something to be desired.

Midget Mick was a vertically challenged Irishman who joined the gang after they solved the case of the Bashful Banshee. Midget Mick helped the gang apprehend Old Man O'Malley and stop his nefarious plot to turn a sweet tourist destination in Loughrea into a haven for horrible industrial polluters.

After joining up with the gang, Midget Mick lasted exactly two episodes as his constant drinking and fighting was deemed not only wildly offensive, but really in poor taste for a children's cartoon.

Plus, midgets were pissed.

Same dialogue from Midget Mick's tenure with the Scooby Gang:

Shaggy: Like, I'm scared Scoob. Let's scram!
Scooby: Ro-kay!
Midget Mick: Where's me drink! Where's me drink!

Midget Mick was quickly replaced with Scrappy-Doo.

While Scrappy had most of the same characteristics of Midget Mick, he wasn't as overtly Irish and didn't appear to have a drinking problem. To this day, many people of Irish descent abhor Scrappy-Doo and recognize him as the slightly less offensive Irish stereotype he truly is.

After the whole Midget Mick debacle, the cartoon industry usually stuck to alien sidekicks like Great Gazoo or Bat-Mite.

But it wasn't too long before the industry tried its hand at something a little edgier. In 1975, a new character was introduced.

Did you know Hong Kong Phooey had a sidekick at one point named Kap'n Klansman? It's true!

Phooey (who was himself a pretty egregious walking stereotype) and the Kap'n would engage in randy banter about foreigners and their drain on the national economy.

It was all quite tasteless.

Same dialogue from a conversation between the odious Kap'n Klansman and Hong Kong Phooey:

Hong Kong Phooey: Hey Kap'n! Whatcha up to?
Kap'n Klansman: Oh well...you know...I'm just thinking about all the dirty mexicans invading our country.
Hong Kong Phooey: Um...yeah. Well...how about we go fight some crime?
Kap'n Klansman: Nah. I'm just gonna go burn some crosses or something. You go on ahead.

After seven overtly repugnant episodes, Kap'n Klansman was quietly removed from the show and all references to his tenure have since been removed.

We here at BDF will remain ever vigilant looking out for such offenses to popular culture and the overall fabric of the American psyche. We will keep you notified of anything else we may discover and we hope you have learned a little something about tolerance.

Note to Legal Counsel for Hanna-Barbera:
We admit that everything in the above article is complete and utter horseshit. We made it all up. Please don't sue us.

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