Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Handy Manny's Pervasive Racism

Bloggers live glamorous lives. We're like Hollywood starlets except were older, don't shower often and wear pajamas to the grocery store. Wait, that's just like a Hollywood starlet. While I sit here cranking out the content, one of my progeny uses me as a jungle gym when he's not watching Disney Channel or Noggin. I have become intimately acquainted with kid-fare and it's generally as repugnant as adult-fare. No wonder TV ratings are in the crapper.

Exhibit "A" is Handy Manny--the ode to Mexican immigrant greatness. I'm a huge fan of the industrious work-ethic that seems to be woven into the Mexican culture. I can personally attest to the fine work that Mexican-Americans contribute to our country and economy. Handy Manny exemplifies these traits. More power to him. In contrast to old Hanny Manny, though there is another character: Mr. Lopart. Mr. Lopart is be-speckled, be-fuddled, so smart he's stupid, messes up everything he touches, rather weak and feeble, and refuses instruction or help from anyone, even those who know more than him. In short, Mr. Lopart is the worst cliché of the middle-aged, white American male.

It makes me sick. Watch just the first 30 seconds or so. You'll see what I mean.



The Mexican, black, and oriental characters are all kind-hearted, have something broken and have the sense to get help from the super hero Handy Manny. Not Mr. Lopart. He's the stupid white guy. Watching it once or twice is one thing. Seeing this racism every single day is galling. And this unspoken but obvious message is burned into the hard drives of America's children. So parents, pay attention. Indoctrination begins young and could be happening right under your nose.

Cross-posted at Right Wing News

12 comments:

Patrick said...

I'm glad I just read your blog. It is exactly what I have been saying since my son started watching several months ago. Put this same show on the air, but reverse the roles and the story would be everywhere.

Harry B. said...

The racism is offensive, but the fact that the character is named "Lo-Part" should also be analyzed. Is it not an obvious reference to male genetalia? Perhaps this cartoon should be racked on grounds of obsenity?

Steve said...

Handy Manny has many other white characters, other than Mr. Lopart. How can one character make the show racist? (And pervasively racist, lol). Especially when there are many other archetypes of the white male in media. The white male is almost always the protagonist of EVERY show on television and you complain about ONE show where a white male is rather stupid? I guess you wouldn't have been upset if Mr. Lopart was black, huh? Try watching shows and movies where Asian males are almost always stereotyped as weak, nerdy, emasculated, or speaking broken English. There is NO other archetype for them. There are not five other Asian people on the show and one of them is a stereotype. It traditionally was that the ONE Asian person would be a stereotype, written in by white writers that wouldn't know how to present an Asian person except as a stereotype. That is Racism, my friend. Thankfully it's changing, but I guess it doesn't matter as long as we preserve the white man's power at all costs.

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wf853 said...

Ignore Steve (or Esteban or whatever the f his real name is). Apparently, he doesn't understand what racism is and he sounds as though his head is so far up his butt, a dozen proctologists and 6 internists couldn't remove it. I have, unfortunately, watched several episodes of this program that teaches children that racism/sexism is OK so long as it's directed toward white males. Lopart isn't the show's only white idiot. There are few white males but those who do appear, the shoe store owner, for example, are all total douchebags and the butt of every joke. The white, presumably cute (these are cartoons) women, Kelly for example, are spared the disrespect; presumably because of the implied potential for relationship between Kelly and Manny. I guess this counterbalances the fact that he's inordinately enamored of his tools (no pun intended though it does sound good, eh?)

wf853 said...

P.S. I also thought same as Harry regarding the name; what a coincidence, huh? I thought it was a reference to the male genitals; basically calling Lopart (Low part) a "dick" , just as he is portrayed.

wf853 said...

P.S.S. I guess he hasn’t figured it out yet that we’re not “Steve’s” “friend(s)” and based upon his abject obliviousness to the incessant white male bashing that has occurred on TV for the last decades alone, he is plainly some sort of cave-dweller.

wf853 said...

PSSS I promise this is my last comment but "Steve's" hyperbole is just too flagrant not to address. "Many" White characters on the show---not really. let's see---there's Lopart, Kelly, the shoe store dork and uh, Lopart and Kelly and...) I guess counting is out of the question for him. Or perhaps the cartoon renderings have confused him. Maybe the myriad racial minorities depicted all appear to be Whites to him.

wf853 said...

I lied—1 more post.-> I stand corrected. Apparently, judging by his particular brand of touchiness, Steve is an out-of-touch Asian. He’s still so sore over stereotypes of Asians that virtually ended a 40 years ago that he now feels that racism against white males is OK. Maybe it would help Steve if he knew that TV was and pretty much is still controlled by white males who are also Jews. Then he can better direct his bitterness. He states: “I guess you wouldn't have been upset if Mr. Lopart was black, huh?” That is hilarious---as if anyone would really do that and if they did, the ACLU, NCAAP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the USDOJ and a host of other people and orgs devoted to African-American anti-defamation would be suing, threatening to sue and whining more loudly than 10 million infants in wet diapers.

wf853 said...

Oops----corrected version (haste makes waste and all that)
I lied—1 more post.-> I stand corrected. Apparently, judging by his particular brand of touchiness, Steve is an out-of-touch Asian. He’s still so sore over stereotypes of Asians that virtually ended 40 years ago that he now feels that racism against white males is OK. Maybe it would help Steve if he knew that TV was and pretty much is still controlled by white males who are also Jews. Then he can better direct his bitterness. He states: “I guess you wouldn't have been upset if Mr. Lopart was black, huh?” That is hilarious---as if anyone would really do that and if they did, the ACLU, NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the USDOJ and a host of other people and orgs devoted to African-American anti-defamation would be suing, threatening to sue and whining more loudly than 10 million infants in wet diapers.