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What’s in a Cartoon?

June 18, 2009

A drink mix from the early 1960s.

A drink mix from the early 1960s.

Some people object to the use of cartoon mascots that capitalize on immigrant or minority stereotypes. They hold that such displays are not only insulting to the people whose image they are exploiting, but also risks teaching such views to others. Lately, this controversy has appeared in regards to sports team mascots such as “Redskins” or “Fighting Indians.” But in the historical context in which these team names were selected, such phrases were common. For example, similar images were also used to advertise drinks, soap, cereals, candy, and toys for children.

Would you like to respond to this article? If so, select a topic below to post to:

1. Do you think it is proper to use human cartoons that characterize specific ethnic groups as sports team mascots? Why?

2. Do you object to using human cartoons that characterize specific ethnic groups as advertisement images? Why? Can any of your points be applied to using similar characters as team mascots, as well? Why?

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One comment

  1. I think it is not proper for them to do that because,if you like a particular sport in might change your current views. And if its a ethnic group if made change the way they look at that group of pepole. And give the wrong information about that group. That does not begin to give that group a fair chacnce



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