Tossing Salt Presents:
August 7, 2018
I love to do question and answer pieces. I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone who has known me for any length of time or has been to this site more than once. Usually I just stick to things like wrestling and music and the occasional political thingy, but lately I’ve had the hankering to do more and expand my horizons, if you will. A friend with who I speak to regularly knows this and my little friend, Eric, decided to make a several Q&A’s to do for the site. He sent me a Buffy Q&A and has also done one for Dark Shadows as well. And then there is this. We both love cartoons and on the fly, Eric gave me eight questions in regards to cartoon characters and my favorite cartoons. And so here we are. A cartoon Q&A. Sounds good to me so let’s do this.
Are characters like Speedy Gonzales racist?
Probably so, but they were made in a time where people actually had thicker skins and weren’t quite so damn touchy about stupid stereotypes. Different cultures and different races have different labels and stereotypes that people tend to associate with that culture and the cartoon characters, such as Speedy Gonzales, Snagglepuss, The Siamese Cats, Betty Boop, Bluto, etc, all were played up with those stereotypes amplified a hundred and fifty percent. The only difference was that then, people accepted that we’re all different and laughed instead of being big crybabies as they are now. So are the characters racist? Yeah, they are. Were they good and strong characters? Absolutely. And should we be offended by those characters and the cartoons that featured them. Only if you’re a liberal, stupid idiot.
Does Yosimite Sam promote gun violence?
Yes, he used a gun and was a violent bastard, but it was and is a cartoon. It’s not real and kids back in the dayhad enough sense to realize and understand that. Now characters like Sam and Elmer Fudd are banned while games like Grand Theft Auto are a million times more violent and marketed towards kids. What the hell is up with that? The problem wasn’t with the characters using guns, but the kids watching now not having enough common sense to know the difference between a cartoon and reality. The characters were great and were great entertainment for children of all ages. The fact that they’re looked down upon now reflects more on how lackluster and sorry parents are and how we’ve declined as a society than anything else.
Favorite cartoons as a kid?
As a kid, I was into the superheroes so it was Super Friends, The Laff-A-Lympics and of course, the Looney Toons cartoons with Bugs, Sam, Daffy, Elmer Fudd and the rest.
Favorite cartoons as an adult?
Family Guy, South Park and classic Bug Bunny stuff, not the new stuff with the crappy animation, but the good stuff that was actually funny.
Is Family Guy suitable for children?
Probably not, but hell, there are some times that I wonder if it’s even suitable for adults. But then I watch and laugh and figure, what the hell. It’s good.
Family Guy, South Park or The Simpsons? Why?
All three have their charms and good points, but Family Guy is definitely the best of the three.
Guilty pleasure cartoon?
Does Robot Chicken count as a cartoon? I guess “X-Men: Evolution” would count as one. Also “Space Ghost: Coast To Coast”. Both of those are older though and no longer in production. Of the new stuff, I like “Camp WWE” on The Network. Hey, I’m a wrestling guy so what do you expect?
Sexiest cartoon character, male and female?
Jessica Rabbit usually gets the nod from most as the sexiest female cartoon character and she’s hot, but I’m more into Smurfette. Something about short blue Smurfs that make me tingle all over. As for the male cartoon characters, I think I’ll go with Thumper, from the movie “Bambi”. After all, he is tattooed on my leg.
And there you go. This was totally stupid and a waste of time, but it’s over with and done now and we’re all probably better for the experience. I think that I’m going to go watch Family Guy now. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side when we get back to wrestling and music and the things that matter in life. Questions, comments and sarcastic remarks are welcome. Until the next time, take care.