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Our grandparents and parents' cartoons were clearly offensive. The Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp? The whole "Indian" scene in Disney's Peter Pan? Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby for God's sake?
We'd like to think that the cartoons we watched in the 1980s and onward — even those in syndication from earlier decades — might have fared a little more fairly, what with the social justice movements of the 1960s and '70s and all. Not so!
While alternative cartoonists like R. Crumb and animators like Ralph Bakshi knew what was hidden beneath the surface and made it clear in their over-the-top depictions of racism, misogyny, and violence, the mainstream continued to employ cultural stereotypes as an easy way to tell children's stories.
We look back on 10 of those here. Maybe you'll disagree with some of them. Good! Start a dialogue. In any event, you'll never look at Saturday morning cartoons in the same way again. (Sorry.)
We're only halfway through August, but many of us are already mourning summer. But, instead of lamenting our loss, we at R29 HQ are looking at the change of season as a chance to refresh our wardrobes. Don't let that idea scare you, though; a closet update doesn't mean we can't bring the spirit of summer into fall. Loved read
Wearing an all-white outfit on Labor Day weekend is a no-brainer. It is, at least in theory, the last potential heat wave we'll see. Still, there are ways to deck yourself out in #allwhiteeverything well beyond the end of August without feeling unseasonal. You just have to be willing to be a little more creative.
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