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EVERYWHERE, USA – Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd! No guns for you!!! Let’s file this one under political correctness.
If you are in the age group of many of us who write for Law Enforcement Today, most of us grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons.
One of the staples of those cartoons was the Bugs Bunny Show, as part of Looney Toons. Bugs Bunny introduced us to a number of characters such as Bugs, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester, and the aforementioned Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam.
We have fond memories of those cartoons because they are reflective of days gone by, when things seemed much simpler.
Now, political correctness has infiltrated those iconic cartoon characters and they are doing thing such as removing guns from the show. One should have realized that once HBO got involved with the show, it wasn’t going to end well.
CNN is reporting that the Looney Tunes franchise is being resurrected, and will be shown on HBO’s new streaming service, HBO Max.
And as such, while the show will still have “sticks of Acme dynamite and cartoon violence,” Sam and Elmer have been stripped of their 2nd Amendment rights. Gone are Fudd’s oversized hunting rifle and Yosemite Sam’s dueling six-shooters.
In an interview with the New York Times, executive producer Peter Browngardt said, “We’re not doing guns. But we can do cartoony violence—TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.”
But not the evil guns.
The new remake of the cartoons, called “Looney Tunes Cartoons” attempts to emulate the original in some regards. However, people older than maybe 35 years old will notice some stark differences. Instead of Elmer Fudd shooting at Bugs Bunny, now he goes after him with a scythe. Hmmm.
Bugs Bunny retaliates with sticks of dynamite, putting one in Fudd’s mouth, and then as the episode continues more dynamite finds its way into Elmer’s ears, on top of his head and trying to remove his manhood by sticking it down his pants.
The Times notes that the cartoon possesses much the same “look, feel and unabashed mayhem” of the Looney Tunes cartoons of yore.
The guns, however are missing. Apparently there is plenty of other types of violence aside from the sticks of dynamite, such as booby traps, anvils to the head and bank safes dropping from above on top of people.
Now, we understand this is not the end of the world. It is after all a television program. It’s not reality. Yet, that goes for both sides of the equation, does it not?
Has anyone ever emulated a cartoon and gone out and become a copycat? Has anyone dropped an anvil off a cliff to get Wile E Coyote, like the Roadrunner? Of course not.
There are some kind of bizarre scenes in the cartoons, such as Porky Pig sucking snake venom out of Daffy Duck’s leg, Sylvester the cat haunted by the “ghost” of Tweety bird (is he dead?), and a cameo from Satan. Unknown if Satan is portrayed as a hero in this particular incarnation of Looney Toons.
Comics artist Johnny Ryan noted that the cartoons are “timeless, and not of this time.”
“We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along,” he said. “Looney Tunes is pretty much the antithesis of that,” he continued. “It’s two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent.”
So, why lose the guns? Clearly, this is an ankle-grab for the anti-gun mob. As we have seen, there are plenty of ways to commit murder in this country. There are tons of ways to commit mass killings, such as bombs (Oklahoma City), knives (London Bridge), and others.
HBO has left any number of weapons available within the cartoons, such as the aforementioned scythes and dynamite, along with apparently a grass hook. So why the guns?
Our generation grew up with Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd going at all manner of foils in the Looney Tunes cartoons, and we didn’t grow up to be a bunch of serial killers.
Understandably, it’s a cartoon. Whether or not Elmer Fudd or Yosemite Sam are packing their shotgun or six-shooter doesn’t mean much at the end of the day. But it is emblematic of the outrage mob controlling all facets of entertainment.
It just seems the height of hypocrisy that Warner Brothers is eliminating pistols and shotguns, while allowing all manner of edged weapons and explosives. But that’s what the mob wants and demands. And like good little sheep, Warner Brothers goes right along.
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