Friday, January 28, 2005

One More on Cartoon Characters

Tony Norman, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, takes up for Tinky Wink, Sponge Bob and a host of other cartoon characters, even while he casts aspersions on others:
[W]e all know that whenever Jughead puts down Betty and Veronica as a couple of "dumb girls," there's more than harmless misogyny at work in Riverdale. Though he masquerades as militantly asexual, Jughead simply wants Archie all to himself. Only evil, hyper-sexed Reggie has his priorities straight when it comes to the fairer sex.

As long as we're "outing" cartoon scoundrels, is there any doubt that half of the characters on "Scooby-Doo" are sexually deviant? Shaggy is gay, Velma is a lesbian and Scooby is into bestiality. And don't get me started on that cross-dressing Bugs Bunny with his weird fixation on kissing Elmer Fudd on the lips.

Of course, this insidious seduction of the innocent began with the Krazy Kat comic strip in 1913. Who can blame poor, straight Ignatz Mouse for using bricks to defend himself against Krazy's gay sexual harassment?

We've got to write to Norman on this one. As anyone who's read Krazy Kat knows, sometimes Krazy was a "he," and sometimes a "she." Cross-dresser? We wish. How can you be a cross-dresser when your only dress is a bow? No. Get your perversions straight, Mr. Norman: Krazy was a pre-op transsexual, clearly.

However, in his or her defense, Krazy was almost completely monogamous. S/he loved Ignatz fiercely and purely, straying to the clutches of the French poodle Kiskidee Kuku only when forced. On the other hand, Ignatz was himself a married mouse, so Krazy may have been considered a homewrecker--had Mrs. Mouse not been so eager to get rid of the little cheese fiend.

Bugs Bunny, on the other hand, was just a little fruity.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger PSoTD said...

What was the deal with Olive Oil? She wanted two men. And the two men that wanted her were wanting a woman with pretty close to a man's body. Very disturbing.

Nice job you're doing here...

At 9:49 AM, Blogger pastordan said...

I know, I know--and she was an unwed mother, at that! I may need to put together a book on cartoon perversity...

Thanks for the props!


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