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Social Justice Cartoon Warriors

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No group of people is in greater need of a hobby than social justice warriors. Yes, they think they have one. But toppling statues of long-dead people is more of an activity, and likely the closest these mutant army members have come to weightlifting in their lives if you don’t count curls with Mao’s Little Red Book. 


In the absence of any meaning in their lives, they’ve found meaning in ruining the lives of others. But they aren’t content with that, because each victory is as empty as the space behind their angry, vacant eyes. Finding nothing to give them meaning in the physical world, they’ve now set their sights on TV reruns and cartoons, which makes sense considering so many of their beliefs are fiction.

Have you ever wondered who is voicing a character in a cartoon? Probably not, unless you think you recognize the voice and it drives you nuts till you know. For a long time, when Saturday morning cartoons were a thing, the answer was pretty simple – Mel Blanc. 

But Mel Blanc has passed away, and cartoons are now big money. Anything popular that earns money will eventually catch the attention of the woke mob the way a pound of coke will catch the attention of drug-sniffing German Shepherd. 

Rather than face the wrath of these frenzied lunatics, many actors are preemptively walking away from their jobs as voice actors on cartoons because they committed the sin of voicing a cartoon character of a different race. 

First off, and this shouldn’t need to be said, THEY’RE FREAKING CARTOONS, and the job is called “acting”! Imagine having the free time to not only concern yourself over the race of a cartoon character, but then be upset when that race doesn’t match the race of actor portraying them. If we all had that kind of free time on our hands, we would’ve cured all diseases ages ago. 


Yet these quitting leftists are being showered with accolades for offering up their own scalps before the mob came calling. One might say it’s Nazi-like efficiency. 

"The Simpsons" announced they would no longer have white actors portray non-white characters. What they didn’t say was who was going to play all the orange characters. Family Guy is going to recast the character of Cleveland because the actor who voices him is white. Alison Brie played a Vietnamese-American character on a show called “Bojack Horseman,” but now has become woke to her racism and apologized.

“I now understand that people of color should always voice people of color. We missed a great opportunity to represent the Vietnamese-American community accurately and respectfully, and for that I am truly sorry,” she said in a statement. The show, by the way, is about a talking cartoon horse who used to be famous for a 90s sitcom. There was no such apology from Will Arnett for voicing the horse when he, quite obviously, is a human. Where’s PETA when you need them?

Brie, by the way, hasn’t said what she will do with the pile of money she made throughout the show’s six season run, but it will likely involve keeping it. The show ended in January, so her “wokeness” came long after it would cost her anything. 


Speaking of which, episodes of classic sitcoms are also coming under the woke mob axe. 

Apparently, blackface was a popular thing at NBC not too long ago. “Saturday Night Live,” Jimmy Fallon, and Tine Fey have all had to apologize for wearing it on the network in the recent past. Megyn Kelly was fired by NBC for pointing out, rightly, that when she was a kid it wasn’t a big deal if you were dressing up for Halloween as someone black who you admired. She never did it; she just said it wasn’t looked at as problematic when she was a kid, and it was done under those circumstances. But woke stars at NBC keep their gigs after having done it in the name of comedy. Hypocrisy much?

Even old episodes of shows long since gone are being removed from streaming services just in case they offend someone. There is no more harmless sitcom in history than “The Golden Girls,” but even four elderly women living together in Florida can’t escape the woke mob. 

In an episode calling out racism, two characters wear mud facemasks. They might as well have burned a cross. The streaming service Hulu has pulled the episode. It’s unlikely that, in between pulling down statues and screaming obscenities at police, the average 25-year-old white girl demanding justice unwinds by streaming a sitcom that ended before she was born, but just in case… they’ve pulled it. (Just wait till they discover the episode of “Seinfeld” where Elaine thinks she’s dating a black guy but he thinks she’s Hispanic, and when they discover they’re both just white people they head off to The Gap.)


The most disturbing part of all of this is how fine everyone on the Left seems to be with it. No one is saying, “What the hell is going on here? Calm down, everyone.” Nope, just approval or silence. It’s like when #MeToo was outing so many in Hollywood and everyone else was silent – hoping nothing came out about them. 

The worst part about all of this is, at least in the live-action world being wiped clean, is that the “racist” instances were done to illustrate the absurdity of racism. Do you really think “The Golden Girls” would do a pro-racist episode? That Tina Fey would do an episode of “30 Rock” extolling the virtues of bigotry? 

This is another example of the frenzy on the left and the fear of becoming the target of the mob for anything. If they view a statue of Abraham Lincoln and a freed slave in the act of standing up a free man for the first time, commissioned by freed slaves to celebrate emancipation, as a symbol of oppression, what can’t they be offended by? 

Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you have to investigate whether or not you should be offended by something, you aren’t offended by it. Get a life and move on. It’s an old sitcom, a cartoon. Grow the hell up. Get a hobby. Might I suggest reading? Maybe start with “1984” by George Orwell. You may have already read it, but try it again with this fact in mind: it’s a warning, not a how-to manual.  


Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunterand on Parler at @DerekHunter.

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