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The 6 Banned Cartoons in Africa
Howdy! When I found some of my favorite cartoons have been banned in Kenya, and then later all of Africa… I wanted to share them with you and talk about why they’ve been banned. Because it reminded me that, even if there’s a long way to go, we’ve come a long way in the western world. So let’s check out the 6 cartoons that have been banned in Africa.
As you probably guessed, they’re banned for Archaic, silly, and just outright wrong reasons. And now this ban expands to millions of innocent people. So let’s explore exactly why these have been banned. Just a note that I’ve used some live action for this one because… Well, I want you to undestand the sad look on my face as I try to explain why these were banned. As well as when I’m dripping with sarcasm and rolling my eyes.
Anyway, let’s look at these banned cartoons. The 6th banned cartoon is… “The Loud House” [Nickelodeon cartoon; 2016 premiere] Yep, even the cheesy family comedy Loud House isn’t safe from Kenya’s banhammer. You see, Loud House features a married, interracial, same-sex couple. Lincoln: Hey Clyde. Hi Mr. McBride. Hi Mr. McBride. Short Mr. McBride: Hi Lincoln. Ready for your big night? Lincoln: You bet! Tall Mr. McBride: Great! Strider: Howard and Harold McBride also parent 10 year-old Clyde McBride. And they’re a very warm, charming family.
In case you’re wondering, the couple debuted in 2016, on the episode “Overnight Success” [Season 1, episode 17]. And now they’re regularly on the show. To you and I, thus may seem awesome to see this inclusion. But to less fortunate countries than ours, this is considered deviant. The KFCB’s reasoning for this…? They’re actually worried this will introduce children, somehow, to “deviant behavior.” Whatever the hell that is. I mean if gay children grow up seeing gay couples they might think, (GASP) they’re accepted by society and they might think, (GASP) they’re accepted by society and apparently Africa doesn’t want that.
Actually, Luna Loud also turned out to be gay/bi as well, as she goes on a date with her bandmate Sam in the as she goes on a date with her bandmate Sam in the episode “Racing Hearts.” And though they’re very different, they do end up liking each other. But again. Kenyan broadcasting says “NO” to happy consensual couples! Boo, KFCB! Boo!! (Boo: Aw what’d I do?) No, not you, Boo. I meant boo to the KFCB. (Boo: Oh okay!) Ironically, Nickelodeon actually pre-censored the African version of the episode! So they didn’t even need to ban it! But apparently, just for safety, the Kenyan Classification Board decided to ban it anyway.
So to answer your question, Loud House was banned for an episode that doesn’t exist in their country. And for the fifth banned cartoon… “The Legend of Korra” [Nickelodeon cartoon; 2012 premiere] Aw, not you too Korra! Why’d you get banned? Because Kenya found out that Korra and Asami are a couple outside the show! In fact, the only way they found out was by an Internet article where the creators of Legend of Korra, Michael article where the creators of Legend of Korra, Michael and Bryan, confirmed Korra and Asami are a same-sex and Byran, confirmed Korra and Asami are a same-sex couple.
The KFCB claimed that Legend of Korra is against their “understanding of the institution of family.” Whatever the hell that means. It was quite clear that Korra and Asami felt content around each other. I was really happy for them. Seeing them off on their romantic vacation into the spirit world felt like a good end to the series. But disturbingly enough, homosexuality is actually illegal in Kenya. And it have a prison sentence of 14 years. Labelled as “gross indecency.”
In fact, lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people are not even recognized under their constitution. Man, this is rough. I’m sure neither Korra nor Aang would be pleased with this. And for the fourth banned cartoon in Africa … “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” That’s! Jackie: It is by no means true. Star: Seriously, it is! Strider: On a side note, Disney also faced a backlash from Star from other backward organizations. Like One Million Moms. Which is an organization mostly made up of guys, and definitely not one million guys.
In fact, in terms of its support, they only get about 7000 yokels to sign their petitions. Shame we can’t ship them to Kenya and let them experience what it’s like being a second-class citizen in a experience what it’s like being a second-class citizen in a developing country.
Unfortunately, the Kenyan broadcasting service does have some power. So there’ll be no more Star or Marco for the Kenyan people for a little while. Marco: Fine. Just let me sleep. Strider: And the third cartoon banned in Africa is… “Hey Arnold!” Kenyan broadcasting apparently banned Arnold for,and I quote… “Arnold being given the wonders of sexual stamina, and being give-(Breaks down laughing) (Take two starts) “Arnold being taught the ~wonders~ of (breaks down laughing) (Take 3 starts) “Arnold being taught the wonders of sexual stamina, and being told stories about sex.” Phil: Okay, Arnold! Time for bed! Arnold: But it’s only 6 o’clock, grandpa. Phil: 6 o’clock? It’s dinner time!
Why don’t you go order some Chinese? Strider: Where? Where did I miss this in Hey Arnold? Nowhere in the series is Arnold ever taught about that! Apparently Kenyan broadcasting just made it up! And Arnold’s grandpa apparently has a schlong for a head. As far a grandpa’s head goes, I’ll try and show you what Kenya means without getting flagged.
You see, if you draw a pencil like this… You can see it now? Yea-yeah. I thought so. Yeah. Yeah. And I apologize because now neither of us can’t unsee it. Yes, I blame Kenya. So to answer our questions… Hey Arnold was banned for an episode that doesn’t actually exist. And for a hypothetical schlong you could possibly draw on his head and maybe connect the dots that..? Well done Kenyan broadcasting, truly the African children are saved! Imagine the travesty of using that money on something else, like HIV support, or fighting malaria!
And for the second cartoon banned in Africa… “Gravity Falls” [Disney cartoon; 2012 premiere] Again! This one doesn’t make sense! Somehow, the Keyan Classification Board misheard Grunkle Stan call someone a “bi-atch.” But in reality, Grunkle Stan just says… Stan: SON OF A— Dipper: That’s him alright. Strider: They also think one of the characters was apparently watching porn? How did I miss that? I mean, that’d be hilarious. But as far as I know, it never happened in the show. Do you think they mean Soos going in the dating sim? Maybe? I don’t know.
Ironically, it’s actually the show Gumball that features someone watching porn. And it’s one of the funniest jokes in the episode. SH! No one tell Kenyan broadcasting about the episode! Or Gumball might get banned too! It also turns out that the creator stated after the show ended that Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland are gay. Again, cool! Blubs: I think someone just sped by. Durland: Probably just a dream. Blubs: With you, every day is a dream! Strider:
But apparently, kids might accidentally somehow imply these two characters are gay… The entire show was banned. Man, we’ve got to get the African quality of living up, this is nuts! And now for an honorable mention. Because my anxiety and OCD says a top 7 doesn’t work in the YouTube algorithm.
Anyway… “Adventure Time”[Cartoon Network cartoon; 2010 premiere] Oh come on, what did Adventure Time do!? Apparently because of the final episode. You might remember that Marceline and Bubblegum exchange a kiss at the end. And it’s a very tender, touching moment.
In the words of the KFCB… I-I don’t know what that has to do with Adventure Time, but it sounds awesome! Anyway, onto number one… And the number one cartoon that has been banned in Africa is…. “Steven Universe”[Cartoon Network cartoon; 2013 premiere] No surprise here, huh? Pretty much all the gems seem to be bi and gay, and that’s cool. It’s part of why I cut Steven Universe so much slack, because it’s fascinating to see an interpretation of those because it’s fascinating to see an interpretation of those perspectives and just how foreign it is to me.
The two couples they apparently had problems with were Ruby and Sapphire, and Rose and Pearl. Ironically, the whole reason Ruby and Sapphire came to Earth in the first place was so they could live here freely Earth in the first place was so they could live here freely without judgement. I guess it’s lucky the gems never visit Africa.
When asked about it, Rebecca Sugar very patiently explained that gay characters are part of our society too. But Kenyan broadcasting wasn’t having any of that! And as a result, no one in Africa may enjoy any of these original, thought provoking, and diverse modern original, thought provoking, and diverse modern cartoons that we’ve got to enjoy here.
Well, unless they don’t use a TV, but anyway… You know, after looking at these, I am reminded we have a few freedoms and liberties we can be thankful for. But I hope in time we see the African people get the same liberties we can take for granted. To the point where all of its citizens are treated equally. I’d love to see those basic human rights upheld for everyone.
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