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Tue Jun 9, 2020, 08:27 PM

7. I would ensure that my kids saw only the older cartoons.

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These will have no plot, no dialogue -- just trading gun-less violent acts? There's a moral difference between blowing someone to pieces with a gun, blowing them up with TNT, and dicing them with a blade -- even in cartoon land? Growing up watching Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam shoot at Bugs Bunny didn't turn me into a mass murderer, and here's why: those older cartoons had a moral subtext.

I never held it against Elmer Fudd that he wanted to kill Bugs -- he was simply "doing his job" as a hunter. But I also supported Bugs' right to do his job: stay alive by employing the most effective weapon he had at his disposal -- his wits. Predator versus prey; survival of the fittest; balance of nature; fair enough.

Bugs Bunny versus Yosemite Sam, however, was Good versus Evil. Sam was indisputably a villain: a lawless bullying terrorist. Without his big guns and even bigger mouth, he was a pea-brained overcompensating egomaniac totally unworthy of the respect for which he so boisterously demanded. It delighted me that Bugs refused to be intimidated and would put him in his proper place -- especially when he did so by manipulating Sam into outwitting himself!


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