Saturday, April 15, 2006

 

Rascals Race Relations

Long before the Civil Rights movement in the United States, Hal Roach's Little Rascals, of the popular Our Gang comedy shorts of the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, showed white and black children harmoniously playing, laughing, (and scheming) together -- as equals. The African-American characters of Our Gang were not supporting players, but rather key members -- Farina, Stymie and Buckwheat are every bit as important to the history of The Little Rascals as their white counterparts Alfalfa, Spanky and Darla. In fact, in certain episodes you could even argue that Stymie was the "leader" of the gang. Around 1989, an urban legend began to spread that Bill Cosby had bought up the rights to the The Little Rascals episodes to prevent them from being shown on television any longer, because of their demeaning portrayal of blacks. But this rumor is false. King World Productions has owned and licensed the rights to The Little Rascals for more than 30 years. In 1997, video rights to certain episodes were licensed to Cabin Fever Entertainment, but, according to scopes.com (a site that debunks urban myths), "Bill Cosby has never owned any part of the rights to The Little Rascals." Far from being racist, the Our Gang shorts were, in fact, well ahead of their time in showing equality among the races, as it simply depicted "kids being kids."

Comments:
Too bad the little rascals shorts are so CREEPY!!!
 
Well they may not have been small racists but they certainly were little misogynosists...weren't they the founders of the "He-Man Women Hater's Club?"
 
That was snopes.com ,not scopes.
 
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