5 Cartoons That Tried (and Failed) to Tackle Serious Issues

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5 Cartoons That Tried (and Failed) to Tackle Serious Issues

Postby Tesseracts » Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:08 pm

TIL Batman: TAS is sexist!. Yep, they're sexist because Harley is abused by the Joker.

And Harley plays the role of the abused victim perfectly, pining after the Joker and willingly calling him when she gets the chance, totally excusing his terrifying behavior. This fact is never explored or condemned in the show -- it's just sort of written off as "Harley is a crazy person in love with The Joker."


That's right, nothing the Joker does is ever condemned. It's not like the Joker is the biggest villain or anything.

I can think of 3 episodes off the top of my head that are specifically about how abusive the Joker is to Harley. Where do these people get their information? Batman: TAS is one of the very few shows at the time that actually did well writing women characters.

Also, Squidward's suicide joke that they mentioned in the article is great.

The article forgot to mention there is two of them. He also sticks his head in the oven.

And... Spongebob is eaten by Gary, then Gary poops Spongebob back to life, which is a little disturbing. What kind of lesson is that teaching our children?!

I seriously don't see how this suicide joke is even offensive. It's dark for a kids show, but I don't think it's belittling suicide. This article seems to think if a cartoon mentions anything serious it's automatically offensive.
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Re: 5 Cartoons That Tried (and Failed) to Tackle Serious Iss

Postby sunglasses » Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:09 pm

Several old cartoons showed the characters miming suicide. There was one with a dog, when it had been foiled, that mimed shooting itself. I believe it was on one of those "6 hour golden cartoons" VHSes. Yes. We watched those a lot when we couldn't afford to pay the cable bill. It's also how I learned what spitoons were for, the XXX means alcohol not porn, and you give poor children coffee to dip their old ass bread in so it's soft enough for them to eat. Oh, and that spiders were evil.

I this this list of cartoon madness is better: http://www.toplessrobot.com/2008/03/the ... 0s_car.php
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Re: 5 Cartoons That Tried (and Failed) to Tackle Serious Iss

Postby Edgar Cabrera » Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:04 pm

Yeah, about 9 out of 10 of the top comments talk about that (I was going to quote a comment by @reallifegirl but I saw that you replied to it).

And as @thatindianguy said in the comments, I never connected that Hey Arnold! episode strictly to racism, but rather to be a lesson on grade school bullying and discrimination overall. Granted, one could take the bus setting as a egregious reference to Rosa Parks, as the article said, but also could be an example of your "status" in school that can be see in almost any cafeteria or school bus.
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