We all grew up watching the hilarious comic cartoon characters and they will still remain favorites for generations to come. Though cartoons are aired with the intention of producing laughter, few of them have become heated topics for controversies. Though some of them had been released later due to fan’s demand, the others remained banned forever. So let us go through the list to aware ourselves of which of the cartoons became top ten most controversial cartoons.
List of Top Ten Most Controversial Cartoons
- South Park and Muhammad
- The Censored Eleven
- The Simpsons
- Song of the South
- The Boondocks
- Family Guy and Sarah Palin
- Pokemon Panic
- South Park and Scientology
- Speedy Gonzales
Top Ten Most Controversial Cartoons Ever
1. South Park and Muhammad
South Park and Muhammad is the 201 overall episodes of the whole series. It was broadcasted on 14 April, 2010 on Comedy Central in the United States satirizing Muhammad. The episode was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker. It lead to wide spread agitations, protest, aggressive demonstrations and threatening to the artist. The censorship drew strong criticism against Comedy Central making it the most controversial cartoons ever produced.
2. The Censored Eleven
A group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, The Censored Eleven was withheld from broadcasting by United Artist in 1968 because it depicted black people in the cartoon which was distasteful for modern viewers. The Censored Eleven has not been telecasted since 1968 and only once Warner Bros. have presented it in a theatre.
3. The Simpson
Created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company, The Simpson is an American animation. It is a parody satirizing a middle class American lifestyle. “Bart vs. Australia” and “Blame it on Lisa”, both the chapters contributed to controversy and pessimistic responses. Bart’s disobedient character, which recurrently resulted in no punishment for his misconduct, led some parents and conservatives to distinguish him as a poor role model for their children and contributed to one of the most controversial cartoons.
4. Song of the South
Song of the South is a product of Walt Disney in 1946. It is themed on Uncle Remus narrated by Joel Chandler Harris. The animated film was never released in USA because Disney executives believed that its content contained certain topics which can be termed as racist and politically wrong.
5. The Boondocks
Created by Aaron McGruder, The Boondocks is an American animated series. The cartoon became one among in the list of most controversial cartoons for its unapologetic and unpopular issues including race, politics, the war on terrorism and the Sept. 11 assault. It also made use of the word “nigga” which is commonly used by African in the episode of “Return of the King”. Some felt it defamed the image of Martin Luther King and required a confession from the producer.
6. Family Guy and Sarah Palin
“Extra Large Medium”, one of the episodes of Family Guy and Sarah Palin depicted a character with Down syndrome and whose mother is a former governor of Alaska. Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s daughter criticised the show saying that it ridiculed her brother, trig who has Down syndrome. She was of the view that it also made fun of all people who has Down syndrome and those who have contributed towards its production are heartless people.
7. Pokemon Panic
In one of the episodes of Pokémon it was showed that Pikachu prohibited some vaccine missiles with its thunderbolt strike resulting in enormous blast with red and blue light effects. Audiences protested for blindness, headaches, dizziness and loss of consciousness. It was also reported by Japan’s Fire Defence Agency that a almost 310 boys and 375 girls were admitted to hospital after watching the episode. No wonder it was listed in the most controversial cartoons.
One among the opening verses of the animation had to be altered due to protest from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). There was also protest when Aladdin is jumped by the tiger Rajah on the palace balcony and Aladdin say “Good kitty, take off and go…” many misinterpreted it as “Good teenagers, take off your clothes”. The ADC even criticized the lead characters Aladdin and Jasmine for using Anglo American accent while the other dark skinned characters had Arab accent.
9. South Park and Scientology
Originally broadcasted on 16th November, 2005, South Park and Scientology’s 12th episode “Trapped in the Closet” became a topic of controversy when its creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone commented satirically that they were servants of the dark lord Xenu.
10. Speedy Gonzales
Speedy Gonzales is an vivacious cartoon of a mouse in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. The animated film got criticised for its racial stereotypes and prejudices which were prevalent in American society which did not go well with the spectators.