February 10, 2006

Fatwah Against Goofy For Breaking Dishes

I found this interesting essay on racism in cartoons from 2004, where the author complains that Arabs were victims of double standards when it came to censorship. But aside from his complaints which seem ridiculous in light of what is happening now, there are some really nostalgic clips available. Here, Goofy and Donald Duck have a conflict with an Arab mirage. This was back in 1947, the year before Israel became a reality. The thing is, after knowing what we know now, was it really racism? This Bugs and Daffy cartoon is just too funny. Bugs looking for Pizmo Beach winds up in Arabia with a very greedy Daffy and they encounter a dimwitted Arab.
"Hassan chop" makes me laugh more now than it did when I was a kid. Good thing a horny Donald Duck got ripped off watching just one virgin duck dancing for him in this 1941 Disney short. Remember, this is just one and not 72 as promised by those who brainwash teenagers into blowing themselves up. And finally Popeye is called into action in this 1937 flick to confront the thieving Abu Hassan, "who will still your women and children too." The song at the beginning of the cartoon sounds like Abu Asshole. But maybe I am just hearing what I want to hear. This cartoon is longer than the others. Ah, remember the good old days, when Arabs were portrayed as blood thirsty hate mongers and the only oil was in Texas.


  1. I tried to make a new Yahoo ID called hassan_chop, but it was already taken. Dammit.