End irresponsible kids programming: the Adventures of Puss in Boots
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Netflix & DreamWorks: Put an end to irresponsible kids programming and animation
Season 2, Episode 3 of The Adventures of Puss in Boots on Netflix depicts mental illness and people of color in an irresponsible and dangerous manner.
- Mental illness, portrayed by a mermaid named "Feejee", is repeatedly mocked by main characters of the show
- “Feejee” is depicted with stereotypical African features (corn rows, dark skin, large behind, wide nose, large lips, etc.)
- Throughout the episode, "Feejee" is continually depicted as a loud, violent, ugly, disgusting, and revolting love interest
- The final insult? During the wedding ceremony between Feejee & Puss in Boots the officiant refers to "Feejee," as a "fish monkey abomination"
Jhakotta Lewis provides a great summary of this episode in All the Pretty Mermaids: Racist Narratives in Entertainment for Children:
"Season 2, Episode 3 of The Adventures of Puss in Boots focuses on the unwanted attention Puss receives from a Fiji mermaid. For those of you unfamiliar with Fiji mermaids, they were a popular hoax of the freak show era, and were created by sewing the torsos of monkeys to fishes’ tails. Once mummified, these monkey-fish were put on display and were said to originate from the islands of Fiji. Hence the name Fiji mermaids."
Shrum, Wyer and O’Guinn (1998) in The Effect of Television Consumption on Social Perceptions, state the following: "Children’s thoughts and beliefs regarding ethnic minorities are influenced by the messages and images they see on television, both programming and advertising."
In How Mental Illness is Portrayed in Children's Television, Wilson, Nairn, Coverdale and Panapa (2000) state: "The characters, whether comic or villainous, were stereotypically and blatantly negative and served as objects of amusement, derision or fear."
Please sign my petition and join me in telling Reed Hastings, CEO at Netflix and Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO at DreamWorks to remove Season 2, Episode 3 of the Adventures of Puss in Boots from distribution: This episode uses children's entertainment to re-inforce blatantly negative stereotypes about mental illness and people of color.
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