For de som vil laste ned gamle, originale Tom og Jerry filmer så har Amazon nå lagt til en advarsel om de inneholder: “some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society”.
Tiden flyr, de eldste Tom & Jerry filmene er nå 70 år gamle. Akkurat som Pippi Langstrømpe og alle de andre, må det oppdateringer til for at en ny generasjon skal kunne la seg underholde av gamle klassikere.
Mammy Two Shoes
Oppdatert Mammy Two Shoes
Cathal Gaffney, the CEO of award-winning animation studio Brown Bag Films, added that Amazon’s decision was “political correctness gone mad”. But Dr Birgitta Hosea [CORR], course director of the master’s in character animation at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, defended the company and said it was important to “frame” the cartoons in their historical context.
“It’s long been recognised that the character of Mammy Two Shoes is an offensive stereotype,” she said. “She’s shown as a maid, a bit slow-witted, only existing to take care of the housework. Images like that aren’t OK any more. It isn’t censorship – it’s just a way of saying people used to think like this, but times have changed.
“Children are at stake here. They learn about who they are and how to understand the world about them through popular culture, so it’s important that they get positive images of people and not just negative, ‘mammy’ stereotypes of black women.”