While CBeebies cartoon Rastamouse has built an army of small followers and celebrity fans since its launch in January it has also caused outrage among some people who are unhappy about the way Jamaicans are depicted in the show.
However, this is not the first time that a cartoon has proved controversial for its stereotyping of nationalities. Skyscanner takes a closer look at some other animations which have generated heated debate across the world.
As well as complaints that the cartoon mouse from Jamaica stereotypes black people, concerned parents have stated that the character’s Afro-Carribean slang is influencing the language their children use both at home and in the playground. Parents worry that phrases such as ‘rasta’, ‘ting’ (thing) and ‘irie’ (happy) are finding their way into children’s vernacular, and fear some could find this language insulting and inappropriate.
Speedy Gonzales, Mexico
Another case of alleged ethnic stereotyping with a cartoon mouse, this time legendary Mexican bandit Speedy Gonzales. Complaints against the exaggerated ethnic stereotyping of the whizzkid mouse and his chums gathered pace in the late 90’s, leading to Cartoon Network pulling the show from air. A campaign to reinstate Speedy on the nation’s screens soon followed however, and in 2002 the sombrero-clad outlaw was back on the box. Find flights to Mexico
The Simpsons, Brazil
The world’s most popular cartoon show, The Simpsons caused a stink in 2002 in the episode ‘Blame it on Lisa’ in which the family travel on flights to Rio de Janeiro to find a Brazilian orphan named Ronaldo who Lisa has been sponsoring. The show received criticism from the Rio de Janeiro tourist board for its portrayal of the Brazilian capital as a rat-infested crime ridden city, resulting in Brazil receiving an apology from the executive producer of the show.
The classic 1920s comic strip, created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi (under the alias of Hergé) was criticised more recently for its portrayal of Congolese people in the story of Tintin in the Congo. Many argued that the comic simply told the story of colonialism in Africa at the time, but the allegations of racism resulted in UK branches of the Borders bookshop labelling copies of the book as recommended for readers aged 16 or over. Find flights to Congo
South Park, Canada
Toilet-humoured American cartoon South Park has long been accused of taking the mickey out of its neighbours in Canada, with Canadians such as musical duo Terrance and Philip appearing with oval-shaped heads and rectangular or square bodies. However, despite one particularly colourful episode featuring the duo in 1998 receiving over 2,000 complaints, Global Television Network in Canada received no complaints in the weeks after its release, while the Toronto Sun listed the episode as one of the year’s most memorable television moments.