Amazon has adopted a new “racism disclaimer” which the company hopes will account for certain prejudices in older cartoons that are still popular today. One such cartoon, Tom & Jerry, contains examples of what the media has dubbed “racial stereotypes that weren’t considered that bad back then, but we look at now and cringe.”
Amazon’s “racism 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.”
This isn’t the first time the PC police have sunk their claws into an iconic piece of American history. Whoopi Goldberg was recruited to film an introduction to the Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection DVD, in which she explains that the cartoon’s character “Mammy Two-Shoes” was a discriminatory, yet necessary aspect of the cartoon.
Godberg explains in the clip, featured above:
“Removing Mammy Two-Shoes from this collection would be the same as pretending that she never existed. The same is true for the other images and jokes that we wouldn’t normally include in a mainstream cartoon today. So, Ms. Two-Shoes, along with other elements that reveal the prejudices of the time are presented here to accurately reflect a part of our history that cannot and should not be ignored.”
Do you think Tom & Jerry is so offensive in today’s society that the cartoon requires a “racism disclaimer”? Have the PC police gone too far at this point? Sound off in the comments section.