In which we talk about things you Just Don't Bring Up in mixed company.
True Story Time: Got to meet Steve Gerber, Creator of Thundarr back in 1981 in San Diego. Even then, Political Correctness Madness was running amok. Did you know that he was told by the Network that Thundarr could NOT use his Sword against Humans or Humanoids, and the Censors were reluctant to allow him to use it against Non-Humanoid Looking Monsters? Thundarr was only allowed to use his Sword to "Entrap the Beasties, not slay them." Gerber's reply was "He's a Barbarian, who carries a Sword. What do you think Barbarians use Swords for anyway? " The Censor's replied "That doesn't matter. There will be NO Violence on Saturday Morning TV!" Gerber replied, "So you're taking Bugs Bunny off the Air? Elmer Fudd shooting that Shotgun is Pretty Violent to me. And how about Wile E. Coyote and the RoadRunner?"They refused to answer him, they just laid down the Law.This is why A) Thundarr didn't last that long, and B) why G.I Joe came out after School hours a few years later, because Sat. Morning Rules didn't apply in that time slot.
Wow! Thundarr was always one of my favorites. I couldn't wait until it was on Saturday mornings, and I always wondered why there weren't many episodes. Thanks, now I know, and knowing is half the battle! :)That story reminds me of WCW wrestling in the late 80's early 90's. After Ted Turner sold TNT they became so PC that there was an executive order that you couldn't say "foreign" on any show. During wrestling matches when a "foreign object" was used in the ring it was refered to as an "international object" I used to laugh so hard the announcers are yelling wow he just nailed him with and international object!
Huh, I actually have never seen that one...
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