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AMAZON WARNS OF RACIAL TAGS ON TOM & JERRY CARTOONS

October 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Until the advent of the civil rights movement in the mid-1950s, racial and ethnic stereotypes were commonplace in American entertainment. Virtually every radio comedy show featured a stereotypical racial or ethnic character, as did many motion picture comedies and even cartoons. Perhaps especially cartoons, many of which have been significantly edited in recent years or, as in the case of Disney’s live-and-animated classic Song of the South, banned entirely. Unedited versions of these films, however, continue to be shown in many markets abroad, where such stereotypes are not regarded with the same opprobrium as they are in the U.S. But on Wednesday Britain’s BBC reported that Amazon’s streaming service has added this "warning" to its listing for the second volume of MGM’s Tom and Jerry cartoons. "Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today."