Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game

Stan Berenstain, Co-Creator of Those Fuzzy Bears, Dies at 82

"The Berenstain Bears hail from the mythical land of Bear Country and for more than a generation have helped children just shy of reading age glimpse the connection between stories and pictures, both of which the human Berenstains amply provided. As children matured, the books became wordier, although the couple, both trained as artists, hardly stinted on pictures of cuddly bears riding bicycles, stealing watermelons, having bad days and debating the existence of God."
"Papa Bear's bumbling incompetence, compared with Mama Bear's warm, wise effectiveness, has spawned particular ire."
(New York Times, emphasis added)

So...the bears can't afford a car...they love watermelon...they have bad days...and they're not really sure if they can justify the existence of a Superior Being in the face of so much misery? And the dad is an incompetent in overalls? And the mom is a wide, wise matron? And ain't nobody got no shoes?

This is not the pot calling the kettle black, this is the pot calling the recently deceased kettle out on his bizarre bearification of black stereotypes.

R.I.P. Mr. Berenstain. Enjoy all the celestial honey you can eat in the Bear Country in the sky.


Blogger CosmicMojo said...

I'm in total agreement. I'm still the only one who thinks it's weird that Dairy Queen calls their coffee/chocolate milkshake a "Moolatte"--doesn't that sound just a little too much like mulatto?

2:36 PM  

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