Of course we all know Disney's predilection for racism, re: Dumbo or Song of the South:
Then there's Walt's passive antisemitism, but like a racist grandpa, it was a different time, right? That's a convenient way to dismiss or condone shockingly dickish behavior. Divorce your racist grandparents, kids, they grew up through the Civil Rights era and should know better.
We all love Looney Tunes, right? I mean, where would we be as a society if we didn't have Space Jam? How could they be racist, I mean, Daffy is a black duck, right? Oh, right, this is how:
Yeah, I don't care if it was "a different time," by the time animation was around, black face was known to be a sinister means of demeaning an entire people.
You love Dr. Seuss, don't you? Oh the imagination. Oh the heartwarming tales. Oh the life lessons. Oh the blatant racism?
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That's pretty disappointing from the "Star Bellied Sneetches" guy.
Now, that's not to say he couldn't have learned from his mistakes and grown as a person. Mel Gibson could take anger management classes taught by Rabbi's, but unfortunately the stank of racist remains.
The same goes for Babar. What could be sinister about Babar you ask, he's just an elephant king. Well, king's are generally imperialist a**holes. And Babar was no exception. Here's a panel from a Babar book and you see if you can tell me what's horrifyingly racist about it.
The Smurfs! Surely a group of blue people are accepting of other cultures, especially since they are menaced by a giant, oppressive white guy named Gargamel...oh, wait, is Gargamel a Jewish caricature? Even if that's debatable, this panel from the original Smurfs comic leaves no doubt:
What from my youth can I trust? And what of our modern day child entertainers? Has Sesame Street extolled the virtues of Eugenics? For all I know the Wiggles probably beat Aborigines for sport.
The moral of this story is that a lot of popular culture was (and still is) made by staggeringly racist people, but that doesn't mean you can't like the good art they generate that's not racist, it's okay to separate the art from the artist.
Whoa, did I just impart a moral? Uh, quick, someone make a fart sound!