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22 April 2017 @ 05:55 am
Gray is a kind of black  
50 years ago, it was hip to say that Bugs Bunny was queer (cross-dresses, kisses Elmer Fudd). Now we hear that he’s Black. There’s a whole list of Black cartoon characters, but it doesn’t include my totemic hero, Wile E. Coyote. I guess he’s Native American.

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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on April 23rd, 2017 04:33 am (UTC)
Okay, so some people attribute race and sexual orientation to cartoon animals on the basis of behavioral stereotypes - nothing wrong with that, I suppose. To me, all the characters voiced by Mel Blanc sound like Mel Blanc, whose voice was obviously that of a middle-aged white male, even when he was playing a female character.

Optimus Prime sounded both white and Canadian, which was always a bit odd, but not nearly as odd as Darth Vader turning out to be a white guy, because he had always sounded black. Jar Jar Binks always sounded black too, but what was up with that stupid fake-Jamaican accent? Elmo the muppet sounds black, sounds nothing like a child - none of the muppets sound like children, but the guy who plays Elmo seems to be trying to sound like one and failing hard.

Bugs Bunny isn't gay; he just dresses in drag to yank Elmer Fudd's chain. Sheesh, they're not even the same species, unless you count 'toon' as a species. The whole question seems extremely academic.



Edited at 2017-04-23 04:34 am (UTC)
Sharon Kahndreamshark on April 23rd, 2017 05:54 pm (UTC)
Bugs Bunny is clearly a descendant of Br'er Rabbit, who is an African trickster character. So yeah, I guess that would make him black. He's also related to Coyote in general through the trickster line (but I think that Roadrunner is the actual trickster in the cartoon)