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'Tom and Jerry': Amazon, iTunes Now Warn of Racism in Old Cartoon

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 04:15 PM

Amazon is warning "Tom and Jerry" viewers that the cartoon, which was made from 1940 to 1957, "may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society."

That warning, followed by “Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today,” has been placed on the Warner Bros. cartoon by Amazon Prime Instant and iTunes, according to USA Today.

In addition, in a DVD set of the cartoons, Whoopi Goldberg offers a disclaimer before the film starts recognizing there are offensive scenes in some of the episodes.

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Goldberg talked about the one of the program’s caricatures, Mammy Two Shoes, who had a “key and recurring role in a number of ‘Tom and Jerry’ shorts, and was an important component that made the interplay in those cartoons work so well.”

Goldberg said Mammy’s role added a human touch to the animated cartoon.

“Removing Mammy Two Shoes from this collection would be the same as pretending she never existed,” Goldberg said. “So Miss Two Shoes, along with other elements that reveal the prejudices of the time, are presented here to accurately reflect a part of our history that cannot and should not be ignored.”

Some fans of the popular show thought the racism warning was over-the-top.





Others could see the point:



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