A Different Time

The best comment I saw on Facebook today was with regard to the ‘canceling’ of Pepe LePew, the woman chasing skunk from the classic era of cartoons.
“I’m glad he’s canceled and my children are safe. Now my son can get back to playing Grand Theft Auto, where he just set a hooker on fire so he wouldn’t have to pay her.” That’s how you do sarcasm.
Made me think, though. Pepe Le Pew, Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head were things of my childhood. Most kids today are unfamiliar with them, have never seen a Pepe Le Pew cartoon, got bored with Mr. Potato Head after about two seconds and went back to the SIMS, and only know Dr. Seuss from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And they don’t care. They’ve got their own cartoons and games and they aren’t looking back at ours.
So, the whole ‘canceling’ thing only affects people in the age group where it doesn’t matter any more. I’m not going to forget Pepe Le Pew, and I’m sure I’ll always be able to find Pepe Le Pew on YouTube or somewhere if I feel a raging need for some sexist humor, and I still own plenty of Dr. Seuss books, including the now infamous Mulberry St. We might even have a Mr. Potato Head in a box in the basement, I’m not sure. As a toy, it actually stops being fun after a minute or two.

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