Skip to comments.Bonkers: Amazon Includes Racism Warning For Tom & Jerry Cartoons
Posted on 10/01/2014 10:16:30 AM PDT by Pyro7480
Fans of the zany Tom and Jerry cartoons from the golden age of animation might be in for a shock, as the classic shorts now carry a politically-correct warning on Amazon's streaming video service. On Tuesday, BBC correspondent Sean Coughlan reported that on Amazon Prime, the "Tom and Jerry: The Complete Second Volume is accompanied by the caution: 'Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.'"
Coughlan spotlighted the criticism of University of Kent professor of sociology Frank Furendi, who blasted Amazon's decision:
The warning was attacked as "empty-headed" by cultural commentator and professor of sociology, Frank Furedi, who said it was a form of a "false piousness" and a type of censorship which "seems to be sweeping cultural life".
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Yep. Every time Tom gets caught in an explosion he turns black. Racist for sure.
Racism is in the eye of the BeHolder.
BBC correspondent Sean Coughlan: British genius.
I wonder what the disclaimer is on “The Goofy Gophers” or “Speedy Gonzales”
I assume they’re referring primarily to some of the early ones where Tom’s owner was an Aunt Jemima-type woman.
I bought the Loony Tunes collection and Whoopie Goldberg started the DVD set with the same warning.
Those warnings have been appearing for years on the Looney Tunes DVDs and Blu-rays I have collected. Some of the cartoons actually are racist. I’d rather get the cartoon with a disclaimer rather than get the cartoon with cuts or not get the cartoon at all.
Best episode, ever!
If a cat hits a mouse obviously that is racist/sarc
"XYZ video shorts may depict some left wing totalitarian indoctrination and Commie talking points that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.'"
So, they would have preferred it if he was her owner?
White Guilt is metastasizing and expanding. It’s destroying everything that’s a part of American culture.
“I assume theyre referring primarily to some of the early ones where Toms owner was an Aunt Jemima-type woman.”
She was the maid.
Goodbye Speedy Gonzales
The Obama Phone Lady is more of a stereotype than that maid was.
The more the establishment protests old timey examples of racism the more the youth who are rebellious by nature will latch on to those stereotypes and use them just to be rebellious...
So essentially if they didn’t say anything the would be less youth knowing about it, now the youth are going to search for it because it is taboo and cool...
I don’t see anything racist in the T&J cartoons.
But Amazon has the 1st Amendment right to issue whatever warnings they want.
As long as no coercion by any government was involved, more power to them.
It may not just be Amazon making this pronouncement, check the packaging, I’ve seen similar wording on major studio releases of old cartoons.
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