Classic toons are NOT P.C.

Posted Monday, August 6, 2007, at 9:46 AM
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  • The same PC Police have insured that the last couple of generations as well as all future generations will never see the classic, and I mean absolute classic, tv show "Amos and Andy." The great travesty here is no one will get to see the great Tim Moore, arguably one of the greatest character actors of the 20th. century. He played vaudville stages across America and Europe as well as musical stage and radio and film.

    This series was deemed sterotypically negative by the PC Police, in large part for the portral of Lightning by Horace Stewart, also a great actor. Strangely this taboo series broke ground and spawned Sanford and Sons, and others, in which the great Redd Foxx played a certainly sterotypical character. Go figure. One is acceptable and laudable, and one is dastardly and must remain hidden.

    -- Posted by carlmcclanahan on Mon, Aug 6, 2007, at 3:05 PM
    Brian Mosely's response:
    Depends on which stereotype is being promoted, I suppose. Have you seen MTV lately? Talk about constantly pushing one stereotype of an ethnic group. Not a favorable one, either.

    Amos and Andy were way, WAY before my time, but I do remember seeing "Song of the South" at the Marshall Theater in Tullahoma way back when. All the white folks were depicted as idiots and Uncle Remus was the sharpest character in the movie.

    Do you think it will ever be re-released like the other Disney classics? How many people can tell you where the tune "Zippity do da" came from?

    Disney even released a two DVD box set of W.W.II propaganda last year, with plenty of disclaimers telling everyone what kind of bad people we all used to be in those days.

    Don't get me wrong ... a whole lot of the stuff seen in these cartoons and old films is pretty downright offensive and were just put in there for a laugh at someone else's expense. But to pretend they never happened isn' t the way to go either. Things like smoking, drinking and other visual gags are being cut out, not just the racist stuff.

    However, I'm betting Warner Bro. will NEVER release this.

    There ARE limits...

  • you know if anyone wants to agree with the PC police, all you need to do is trim a little fat of the old constitution and hey we will have this problem solved

    -- Posted by pokesalad on Mon, Aug 6, 2007, at 8:50 PM
  • Well, I've never been accused of being politically correct, but there are some things that are just over that line that I don't cross...normally. If I were a betting man, I would lay money on WB never releasing that cartoon. As far as the "old school" cartoons, yes there was alot of violence in them, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Usually the violence is initiated by the "bad" guy and it normally turns out poorly for them. Ok, there are the Tom & Jerry and WB skits that have mutually violent "good guys", but these cartoons are no worse than most of the shows on TV today. Come on, with cartoons like The Simpsons, South Park, The Family Guy, and American Dad (don't get me wrong, I love all of these shows) what's a little anvil play between friends? At least we don't have to worry about ever seeing any kid picking up a 500 lb anvil and dropping it on one of their friends...unless his daddy is Barry Bonds.

    -- Posted by Thom on Mon, Aug 6, 2007, at 9:43 PM
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