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Friday 29 August 2014

Top 7 politically incorrect children's TV shows

Published 15/07/2014 | 15:02

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The Flintstones
The Flintstones

The revival of children's television shows of a bygone era continues with SuperTed set to join the club already populated by The Wombles, Dangermouse, Thunderbirds, and Teletubbies.

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The story of a Welsh teddy bear with cosmic powers is heading back to the BBC after 30 years.

It is expected the less than politically correct cartoon, which featured a girl with bad skin called 'Blotch' as well as a host of other un-PC characters, will be given quite the overhaul for a modern audience.

In honour of SuperTed's return we take a look at the top seven politically incorrent children's television shows...

SuperTed

The story of a Welsh teddy bear with cosmic powers featured a talking skeleton with an effeminate voice, an overweight character called “Bulk” and a girl called “Blotch” with less than perfect skin.

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Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine was attacked in Canada for having only eight female characters out of 49 and having a “conservative political ideology” that saw Thomas slaving away for the Fat Controller.

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Popeye

Popeye, the spinach-eating and highly aggressive sailor, first appeared in 1929 and became most politically incorrect during the Second World War, singing songs like “You’re a sap, Mr Jap” and calling America’s then foes “Japansies”.

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The Flintstones

Barney and Fred, stars of The Flintstones, used to appear in adverts for the cigarette brand Winston, idling against a rock while having a fag break and leaving their wives to do the housework. “Winston tastes good as a cigarette should,” Fred would observe.

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Looney Tunes

Looney Tunes, the name given to Bugs Bunny and related characters was politically incorrect. Bugs loved firearms and was not beyond carrying out the odd homicide, as in 1946’s Rhapsody Rabbit.

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The Simpsons

The Simpsons often appears politically incorrect while pushing a politically correct message. Witness the 1997 episode Homer Phobia, where the family visits a collectibles shop called Cockamamies run by a gay antique dealer called John. Homer is horrified but it wins awards for fighting prejudice.

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SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants lives in Bikini Bottom and has a friend called Sandy Cheeks.

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