The disclaimer reads; Tom & 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. While not representing the Warner Bros. view of today’s society, these shorts are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.
Thank you to Amazon for stating the fucking obvious, Tom and Jerry dates back nearly 80 years and unlike kids T.V today at least Tom and Jerry is funny. Amazon are obviously outraged by the racism in Tom and Jerry so much so they feel the need to warn the viewers before they purchase Tom and Jerry.
If Amazon are going to give us warnings of racism on their products instead of pointing out comical racism that is nearly 80 years old why don’t Amazon point out the racism of modern day corporations that have products for sale on Amazon.
Corporations like Nike, Apple, Adidas, Sony, Microsoft and many others use child labour in third world nations and pay as little as 10 pence per hour when the corporations are making billions.
These businesses exploit foreign children, they work long hours and in conditions that would not be allowed in the countries that these businesses sell their products and make their profit from. What kind of racism is more harmful, cartoons exaggerating features and mocking other cultures for comical effect or the kind of racism that leads to millions of poor foreign children working as modern day slaves for multinational, billionaire corporations that contribute almost nothing to the tax system and yet control our government and leaders with lobbying.
I am aware that Tom and Jerry is offensive to some people but Tom and Jerry cannot be changed, that was acceptable in those days. My children love Tom and Jerry and I have always considered Tom and Jerry the best cartoon of all time, when we watch Tom and Jerry we are watching history, its simple stereotypical, broad, violent sometimes offensive and deliberately over the top humor, but lets be honest it is funny as F**K. The animation and the characters have still to be matched by modern day cartoons or anything since.
Classic Tom and Jerry cannot and should not be changed but what can be changed is the corporate slavery bought on by the ignorance and even racism of the masses. If Amazon really care about racism I believe they should point racism out in all their products and not just the 80 year old cartoons.
Maybe the disclaimer would go like this; Apple products may use some ethnic and racial prejudices that are still commonplace in American society. Such ethnic and racial prejudices are wrong. This is representing the Apple’s view of today’s society, these products are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.