5 Controversial Cartoons

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Debate in stirring in Pakistan over a new animated female superhero known as the “Burka Avenger.” The cartoon centers on a female teacher who conceals herself in a black burka and uses her secret martial arts skills to combat child labor, discrimination and even battle the thugs who are trying to shut down local girls’ schools.

Its anti-Taliban message is an admirable one, however some are concerned that the show glamorizes the burka, a garment notoriously associated with oppression. While supporters argue that the character’s outfit is meant to empower the oppressed, others argue that the burka cannot possibly be used in positive symbolism. In any case, this controversy brings to mind other questionable cartoons of the past, though these ones weren’t exactly supporting an overall message of positive social change.
5 Controversial Cartoons

5Popeye

Popeye was a good guy, wasn’t he? For the most part all he did was slam spinach and beat the crap out of some guy who kept trying to literally steal his woman. Between eating his vegetables and taking a stance against kidnapping, it seems like things were pretty much on the up and up. However, people forget Popeye also had some run-ins with the Japanese during WWII… run-ins that resulted in some less than savory and eventually banned episodes.

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