Breaking news over the weekend was that Looney Tunes star, Elmer J. Fudd will be putting his shotgun down for upcoming episodes. Producers from Warner Bros stated that, for the new HBO Max children's programming “we're not doing guns. But we can do cartoony violence –TNT, the Acme Stuff.”
It's strange because Elmer Fudd's shotgun is as much a part of him as big ears are a part of Bugs Bunny.
Does it sound hypocritical to you that they won't be “doing guns” but have no problem with explosives and sharp objects? If so, keep reading because Mr. Fudd still has plans to hunt that wascally wabbit, Bugs Bunny, he'll just be using a different tool. (Which, ironically, proves our point that gun control does not work.)
What tool? A Scythe. You know, the thing the Grim Reaper uses to harvest souls.
Because, somehow in the worldview of the elite “I know what's best for you and your kids” mindset, using a pointy object at the end of a long stick is somehow better than the proper tool used for hunting rabbits and other animals.
It's almost like someone at Warner Bros or HBO said, let's give kids the idea that if they don't like a kid they go to school with, they can use a knife or other pointy object.
Or, ya know, explosives.
Nothing spells hypocrite quite like saying we can't put a gun in a cartoon because guns are bad, but we sure can stick a bomb down someone's pants.
Or in their mouth.
Or swing the above-mentioned pointy thing on a stick at someone multiple times.
In the following video we can see a short clip from an apparent upcoming episode called Dynamite Dance where they take turns blowing each other up:
As you can see, the gun can't be used but all the other forms of violence are totally fine in the eyes of the hypocrites. Anything goes.
Elmer Fudd isn't the only one being affected by hypocritical decisions, Yosemite Sam has also had his guns taken away. Admittedly, when I was a kid Yosemite and Marvin the Martian were my favorite characters from these cartoons.
Though I didn't realize it then, if I were being completely honest with you (which is always my goal) after watching a few clips today while writing this, these two characters have never been the ideal role model for proper firearms handling.
Yosemite can be seen in the following gif violating a few of the gun safety rules.
Then again, he is a villain. Check out some of his quotes:
- “I'm the meanest, roughest, toughest hombre that's ever crossed the Rio Grande – and I ain't no namby-bamby!”
- “I'm the hootin'est, tootin'est, shootin'est, bob-tail wildcat, in the west!”
- “I'm the fastest gun north, south, east, aaaaaaaand west of the Pecos!”
And, that's okay because it's exactly what made it funny. I don't remember Yosemite Sam or Elmer Fudd winning (besides in Space Jam). They were the antagonists and they lost in every episode I can remember.
Why this change? I mean, guns are a part of their characters. I'd argue that they're not the same characters without their guns.
At some point parents stopped teaching their kids right from wrong. I'm not entirely sure when it changed, but gun safety used to be taught, and when it was, even though these cartoons started way back in the 30s, school shootings were extremely rare.
Yosemite Sam's first appearance was in December of 1944, while Fudd's was in 1937 (as Egghead). They've each had guns in every episode I can remember, though Fudd didn't have his shotgun in that first episode he did have a revolver.
Do you know why mass shootings didn't really occur back then (even though I know some older gentlemen who used to bring their guns TO SCHOOL)? Because until relatively recently kids got into trouble when they did something stupid.
At some point that all changed, and because it did, cartoons can't have guns in them anymore, toy guns are not recommended toys, and, of course, the anti-gunners want to take away real guns from regular, law-abiding citizens who just want to protect their families from dangerous people.
Thus, the mark is missed again. Once again, the guns are to blame. The guns are pulled from the equation while the rest of the violence continues on.
And after a strange turn of events all this does is help prove our point. This echoes exactly what we've been saying for years about gun control. Criminals and antagonists will always find a way to harm others. If a criminal can't get a gun they will move on to other means. In this case, a scythe, dynamite, and just sheer violence.
After all, all a person really needs is the desire to hurt someone. Once that desire is there if given ANY means, that person will inflict pain to get what they want.
It's human nature and guns are just a tool.
What do you think? Is this yet another example of Hollywood's elitist I know what's best for you mentality? Let me know in the comments below.