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Banned “Anti-Gay” Toon Exhumed!


Thank gawd for the internet! Not only does this wonder world wide web keep food on our table, but it also allows controversial videos to live on until the end of time. Case in point: this “Dial M For Monkey” clip.

The toon, a “backup” segment on Dexter’s Laboratory, came under fire after airing an episode featuring an exceptionally feminine character by the name of “Silver Spooner.” How feminine? Well, he doesn’t zoom around space, but, rather, swishes, a fact made evident by big glittery letters when he flies away from the scene of a condiment crime.

Confused? Just watch the clip and it will all make sense, including why the Cartoon Network yanked the clip from the episode’s repeats.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jun 12, 2008
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  • 37 Comments
    • Jody Foos
      Jody Foos

      This reminds me of the extremely homophobic Matt Lappin and his gang.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Wow.

      As if it weren’t obvious enough, the Judy Garland line really drove it home.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 2:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CHURCHILL-Y
      CHURCHILL-Y

      “Silver Spooner”- No Comment.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cujo
      Cujo

      Thank god crap like this does not stay on the air. Fuck a gay cartoon!

      Jun 12, 2008 at 2:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gregoire
      Gregoire

      I can see why somebody might be offended, but I thought it was a pretty funny parody of Marvel’s most pretentious superhero. It wouldn’t be so bad if not for the really limp wrists.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dom
      Dom

      I’m still pissed that Nickelodeon cancelled The Angry Beavers – the funniest cartoon show in the history of the universe.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snoodle
      Snoodle

      Offensive, yes. But still a decent parody overall. I did love Dexter’s Laboratory :p

      Jun 12, 2008 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • boy6221
      boy6221

      Why is this offensive? It’s a cartoon character exaggerated like all the others in this show. If this is a portrayal of a character who is gay in a silly children’s cartoon, why are you so offended? There are heterosexual villains in cartoons you know.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • badlydrawnbear
      badlydrawnbear

      did the pull it because of silver spooner or because of “stoner” the snowman, drunk grunk, or captain glory(hole)?

      I never watched dexter’s but I always thought it was a kids show and this “backdoor” (whoops I mean backup) segment belongs on SNL not on kiddie show … but otherwise it was funny

      Jun 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Boy6221, it’s not about the villain being gay, but the extremely “sissified” stereotype of a gay character, right down to the stuck-up demeanor, the obsession with Judy Garland, + the “swish”ing from place to place.

      I can take a joke, but, cartoon or not, this was over the top.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Progression
      Progression

      This is nothing compared to what is shown on Family Guy and American Guy. The Silver Spooner has a voice that reminds me of Jim Carrey.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hz
      Hz

      I’m offended by the Tiki Torch character because he said “Poo poo platter” as his only line! And Krunk is a mockery of mentally challenged people everywhere! *Fart*

      Sheesh, there are real problems in the world. This cartoon, while not one of the best “Dial M for Monkey” episodes I’ve seen, is still pretty funny! I mean, he totally gagged him with a spoon at the end!!!! People need to grow a damn sense of humor.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 7:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hz
      Hz

      Oh, and by the way… Censorship is wrong.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 7:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • green day
      green day

      I remember seeing this when i was a kid!

      Jun 12, 2008 at 8:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • turi
      turi

      I am more offended by the disproportionate sizes.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 8:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Puddy Katz
      Puddy Katz

      They all seemed gay to me! I thought it was some sort of big mo and lezzie party.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 8:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • l
      l

      How is this more offensive than a Will & Grace episode?

      Jun 12, 2008 at 9:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Hz, fuck censorship. This just wasn’t cute.

      L, it’s more offensive b/c in W + G, we’re laughing with relatable femme characters like Jack (or Mark on Ugly Betty), not at some cartoonish ‘mo.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 9:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ridwah
      ridwah

      Or how is this more offensive than Queer Duck?

      Jun 12, 2008 at 9:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hz
      Hz

      Fredo777: You would have us believe you have never seen someone as nelly as that guy in real life? I call shenanigans! Here in Fort Lauderdale, you don’t need to go far to find a “cartoonish ‘mo” like the Silver Spooner. Or to find one that is silver, head to toe. (Aaaand, possibly doing something or other with a spoon.)

      Censorship, in my opinion, is a much, much bigger crime than some exaggerated nelly cartoon character. There are those who would have this web site removed from the Internet because of how “offensive” they find it. Would that be OK with you? I’ll assume ‘no’.

      And to L: I for one, think Will and Grace is an apt comparison.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hz
      Hz

      Ooooh…. I just clicked ‘Submit’, then was showing the cartoon to my boyfriend when a wave of anger hit me….

      How dare anyone call this an “Anti-gay” cartoon! There are REAL anti-gay issues out there! Nowhere in this thing do they condemn homosexuality! This was clearly a run for comments and we all fell for it! Fie on this site!!!! :-P’

      Jun 12, 2008 at 10:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JJH
      JJH

      This was funny and should in no way be censored!!

      The cartoon mocks pompous, macho superheroes just as much as it does the gay character. Would you censor “South Park” too??

      Jeez, if you can’t take a joke, do not watch cartoons.

      Jun 12, 2008 at 10:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Coke
      Coke

      Who complained? Gay folk or conservatives? because this kind of thing could have been panned by both, or we can all let it go as the obvious and easy joke that it is.

      Ever seen the villain character on PowerPuff Girls who looks like Satan and is very feminine?

      Even “I” think he’s scary. :)

      Jun 12, 2008 at 11:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joel
      Joel

      Anyone seen those idiotic christist videos starring “Bibleman”? Several of the bad guys there are decidedly swishy, too. Personally, I’m more upset that these videos (which are supposed to be teaching morals) always link gay with evil for kids. “Dexter’s Lab” isn’t sanctioned as educational by someone in authority…”Bibleman” is, and that makes it far more dangerous. (Can’t seem to find any decent YouTubed episodes…)

      Jun 13, 2008 at 2:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Hz, I’m so tired of hearing the “censorship” or “freedom of speech” argument whenever you call someone on some bullshit that you disagree with.

      Btw, re-read my comments + you’ll notice I never said anything to the effect that really effeminate gays don’t exist. That wasn’t my point.

      Jun 13, 2008 at 2:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      * Having re-read my last post, my tone came across as a bit abrasive.

      That wasn’t really my intention, but I do get a little frustrated over the whole censorship “thang”.

      Jun 13, 2008 at 3:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hz
      Hz

      Fredo777: But you see, I really feel that this is a free-speech issue (albeit a tiny, tiny one.)

      It sets a tone for bigger fish. From the comments, it seems there are those who think the homo caricature is amusing, or at least inoffensive. Meanwhile there are those who do think the opposite. Yay. People have an opinion about something. Rare these days. But where do we go from here?

      1) I don’t find it offensive, you do. I watch it, you don’t.

      2) I don’t find it offensive, you do. No one gets to watch it.

      Which sounds more reasonable to you? Which sounds a little unfair.

      And as my later comments indicated, I’m a little upset with the propagandizing going on here: People are labeling this cartoon “Anti-gay” when few-to-none of the typical “anti-gay” activities are going on in it. Is the homosexual lifestyle being condemned? No. Is it even mentioned? No.

      Howsabout we choose our battles a little more carefully, and get our chuckles where we can.

      Jun 13, 2008 at 3:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      I don’t see this as a battle, but an expression of one’s opinion. And, believe it or not, I can take a joke (even a gay one). I just didn’t find this particular one funny or good-natured. That’s what it boils down to.

      If you want to call it anti-gay, fine. If not, that’s also fine. That’s just a matter of semantics, really. I don’t think it was coming from a good place, which is my real issue with it.

      Jun 13, 2008 at 3:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • My Other Car's the Tardis
      My Other Car's the Tardis

      I dunno–this fag thought the clip was pretty funny. C’mon, folks: don’t we have bigger fish to fry?

      Jun 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jorge
      Jorge

      In Latam it was aired several times, they’ll put anything on TV here, well except two men kissing, that’ll be gross…

      Jun 14, 2008 at 5:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raven
      Raven

      Guys, seriously. Maybe it was in bad taste but why is it that gay characters can’t be bad guys too? I’ve met a few evil queens in my time that would make great villains….lol

      Jun 15, 2008 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shayne
      Shayne

      I am a gay man, and this does not offend me. I am all for equal right but the gay community seems to have a very thin skin. There were not homophobic comments in the clip just a “gay villian”. My question: If it was a gay superhero (good guy) who acted the same way would we still be offended.

      Jun 16, 2008 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Shayne, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I don’t think it matters much whether the character is a villain, hero, or space-filler. I just didn’t find the whole “bit” funny.

      Jun 16, 2008 at 10:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shayne
      Shayne

      Fredo777, I agree with you as well it wasn’t funny at all. I am just wondering is the gay comunity losing its sense of humor.

      Jun 17, 2008 at 7:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      I don’t think it’s losing its sense of humor, generally speaking.

      Jun 18, 2008 at 6:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • =]
      =]

      He’s very feminine….So? God dammit, grow up. They used the ‘gay man’ stereotype….Seriously, so what? Hell, the main character of this show is just one big walking stereotype! Nerdy kid, not good at sports, socially awkward, physically unattractive, thick glasses, ect. Why is it worst to stereotype a sexuality rather then a social status? Why should we think we’re so damn special?

      No one was attacking the gay community, that is obvious. I highly doubt anyone pitched this idea with the thought “I’m gonna piss off a lot of fags today” bopping in the back of their head somewhere. I saw no condemning of the homosexual life style. I saw no queers being burnt. Hell, they didn’t even say the dude was gay, nor did they say that there was something wrong with the way he was acting. It was a parody, nothing more. The gay community has to stop being so damn sensitive about everything. What is this? Just because homosexuals are the minority, that means all portrayals of gay men and women must be positive and they must be non-stereotypical, or all the queens out there get to play ‘Thought Police’? So much for free speech.

      And this may be beside the point, but what does this say about men who really *are* overtly feminine? Don’t tell me they don’t exists, because I’ve dated one once. Are they bad queers? Should they be ashamed of themselves? Is there something so wrong with them that they can’t be parodied?

      Learn to laugh at yourself. For the love of God, learn to laugh at yourself.

      Nov 26, 2008 at 6:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eric Hempill
      Eric Hempill

      Why do a lot of gay men like Judy Garland?

      BECAUSE THEY HAVE TASTE.

      There. You have been schooled.

      Oct 15, 2009 at 8:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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