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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Top 10 controversial cartoons

Cartoons are the ones that help us with a lot of things- making us laugh when we are sad , teaching us values of friendship and  make us realize that it is right to stand for truth.
But along with these teaching some of them are attracted towards some controversies because of their handling of sensitive issues.


Here is the list -

1) Tom & Jerry - the love hate relationship between a cat and mouse is like that of  a sibings; they fight, they try foil others plan but when there is a time of threat they are together. They made us laugh and think about friendship with their hilarious acts . But  showing their face blackened after an explosion or falling of ink was considered as an attack on blacks and was seen as racial abuse. Therefore these scenes were chopped in some countries whereas in some they are still displayed.

Controversy – Racism

2) Mickey Mouse- the affair started with “Steamboat Willie” and continues till now  with children. But some Islamic countries especially Saudi Arabia banned Mickey saying that it was unhygienic. There was another controversy when Egypt’s telecom mogul Naguib Sawiris recently uploaded  a pic of Mickey having a beard and Minnie in a niqab on twitter. He apologized and removed the pic due to vast protests.

Controversies­- unhygienic and picture of  being a Muslim.


3) The Simpsons – one of the longest running shows in animation history and to have completed  500 episodes in 23 seasons is itself  a feat. But all this while Simpsons had to deal with their share of controversies and that was coming directly from the political circles. Catholic groups attacked homers anti catholic comments. Beer usage was out of proportion, Bart Simpsons was considered as a bad role model for kids.

Controversies – Political comments, anti-catholic acts and over usage of  beer.


4) Donald Duck- in one of the episodes he is shown training and then ready to go for a fight against the Japanese empire army during WWII ;which was considered as not suitable for kids and a direct racial attack. Donald duck was the first Disney cartoon to be charged under racial attack . Schools in Finland banned Donald duck as he never wore pants.
But many had their share of laugh about his pants  as in 3.02 episode from friends
Chandler’s quotes-
“ You know what's weird? Donald Duck never wore pants. But whenever he's getting out of the shower, he always put a towel around his waist. I mean, what is that about?”

Controversies – Racism and not wearing pants.

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5) Bugs Bunny- the carrot eating funny and happy-go-lucky rabbit was not that lucky with racial controversies.

Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips made in 1944 was a direct attack on Japanese people as bugs shows no mercy on the soldiers. It greets Japanese people with ice-creams having explosives . This was marked by protests by Japanese rights activist  against its distribution.

Controversy – Racism


6) Popeye the Sailor Man- kids love him and parents love him too as he eats spinach and gains immense power after that. Thus they have to force less their child to have veggies in meal. But Popeye who was in comics, advertisements and popular on television was under racism charges as in few episodes he was served by black ladies hurting sentiments of theirs.

Controversy – Racism

7) Tintin - many say he is better than Sherlock  and some say otherwise. He was created for showing kids to have fun and adventure on the way of solving crime and to unmask truth; so everyone ought to love Tintin . But this Belgian reporter faced many charges as some episodes showed him slaughtering wild animals and destroying the forest inhabitants. Tintin harms forest animals on his way to Central Africa and the way he treats blacks were subjects of question.
The creator years later apologized for the depiction of Congolese people as immature, stupid and funny as there were  protest.

Controversies – Racism, animal slaughtering and destruction of wild-life.



8) Eric Cartman- he is a character from Southpark which itself is in controversies as many parents feel that the show is no good for the younger generation.
Eric is fat, ill-tempered, obnoxious, foul-mouthed, lazy
and all that a person doesn’t want his child to have. But he also has big business plan showing attitude of American school kids.

Controversy – Disapproval from parents.


9) Prophet Muhammad- one of the biggest controversies in recent times was about the cartoon of Muhammad.  It was made as to be a mirror about bad deeds in society and the Islam community. In one of the episodes it is shown prophet standing at the gates of heaven and sending death  souls to earth to fight for jihad.
It also showed the picture of Muhammad which is against Islam. The Sunni Muslims and the Islamic circle of North America were against this. Taliban in Afghanistan  banned photos, television shows and images in newspaper and destroyed paintings of Muhammad.

Controversy – Showing face of Prophet Muhammad.


 10) Superman  he is a Kryptonite but has considered Earth as his home. He is the mightiest among all superheroes and the symbol of American power . In “Jungle Drums” we see how Superman rescues Louis lane from the Nazis from being burned while the African tribes dance around .
The final nail in coffin was that of  this statement -
Lois Lane:  "Thank you for saving me, Superman.  I don't know what I would have done without you."
Superman:  "Never fear Lois, I'll never let spear-chucking Negroes get you."

Controversy – Racial attack

Optional -
Family Guy - it is another successful animated show which was dragged into controversy by Sarah Palin. In one of the episodes Chris Griffin the shows teenager goes on date with a girl having Down’s syndrome .
He asks her "So what do your parents do?"
She replies "My dad's an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska."
There was war on television between Sarah and Seth Macfarlane;  the creator . But the real surprise was in form of  a facebook status daughter Bristol wrote, "If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they're heartless jerks."

Controversy - Down’s syndrome episode on  Sarah Palin’s daughter. 

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