Aug 22, 2006

Get The Fuck Out Of Here.

It seems almost absurd that this should surface on the birthday of the man who wrote Fahrenheit 451, the seminal book about censorship, but here it is, smack in the middle of Ray Bradbury's birthday:

Censorship. Big Brother is stepping into your life, right now.

Yup. He's altering cartoons that are 50 years old. Tom and Jerry, venerable victim of censorship is being hit again. First, a heavyset black housekeeper was removed from the cartoon and replaced with a thin white woman, for fear of reminding black people that they used to be treated badly. Wow, who would have thunk it?

Then, violence was targeted. Tom and Jerry is pretty violent, I'll admit. So is the war in Iraq. Violence happens. We are a violent species. Let's hide that fact from our kids, and magically it'll all go away.

Now, it's smoking. No more hand-rolling a cigarette, and no more swaggering aroudn with a cigar for old Tom. If decades of frying pans and butcher's knives haven't done him in, apparently lung cancer will.

Okay, so let me suggest a few more things for you. Most network telivision, for sex, smoking, drinking, driving recklessly, and ray guns, all of which are dangerous things to be exposing people to.

How about Uncle Remus? All that Negro vernacular has got to be offensive to someone. While you're at it, why not stop rap music as a whole--everyone calling each other "nigger" and "'ho," as well as glorifying gang behaviours, drug use, non-monagomous sex acts and belittling women. There's always something there that might offend a delicate-eared listener.

And what about the Brothers Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel? I mean, that's offensive to both the German people AND to the elderly! Tossed her in the oven, indeed. Censor it!

I have an idea--why don't we, as Americans, pull our heads out of our collective asses with a resounding "POP" and get lives.


Caffeinated Mommy said...

Actually, I hate rap music, so I would laugh my butt off if they did get rid of it. Really, why is that okay, but not something in a freakin' CARTOON? I guess I know where the public's priorities are.

Des_Moines_Girl said...

It's interesting you should mention Uncle Remus. As I understand it, the stories were originally told by the slaves as a way to rebel against their masters. Brer Rabbit was very popular - the slaves could identify with him. He may not have been the biggest or the strongest animal but he was very clever. He used his brain to outwit the other animals. He represented the slaves fighting - if only in spirit - against their masters.

I think it is very sad these stories are being forgotten. IMO - if African Americans do not reclaim these stories and start telling them again they will lose a big part of their history...all in the name of political correctness. How's that for irony!

Irrelephant said...

Hannibal, you know it, I know it, everyone who has the brains to read this blog knows it, but what's the matter with the rest of these f**ktards? *lol*

Des Moines, you're exactly right. I have a much-loved copy of the complete tales, and utterly love it, right down to the dialect. Br'er Rabbit was exactly that--the BRAINS, not the brawn, that won the day. What an important lesson, and yes, you're right, it's being lost even as we speak, along with the right to abuse ourselves how we will, and the right to watch violent shows with smoking on tv and tell our kids what's real and what's tv.


Des_Moines_Girl said...

"Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby" is one of my daughter's favorites - one of mine too. I read it to her (in dialect) and use different voices. I do a pretty good Brer Rabbit and a none to shabby Uncle Remus (if I do say so myself)! If Disney ever decided to release "Soung of the South" on DVD (they won't) I'd buy it in a heart beat.

renegade said...

And the fun part is one person complained about it. One. Single. Person. Ijit.