'Racial prejudice' disclaimer given with 'Tom & Jerry' show
London: Famous cartoon show 'Tom and Jerry' is being presented with a disclaimer about racial prejudice, it has been revealed.
The classic cat and mouse cartoons, some made more than 70 years ago, carry a warning for subscribers to Amazon's streaming subscription service, reportedly.
"Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today," reads the warning.
There have been claims of racist stereotyping in the depiction of a black maid in the cartoon series. The wording is similar to disclaimers accompanying some collections of the cartoons on DVD.
The warning was attacked as 'empty-headed' by cultural commentator and professor of sociology, Frank Furedi, who said it was a form of a "false piousness" and a type of censorship which "seems to be sweeping cultural life".
Tom and Jerry was first produced by the MGM film studio in 1940. The cartoons, directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby, ran until 1957, with carefully choreographed chase scenes set in the homes and gardens of suburban America.
The claims of racism are longstanding. When the original versions were shown on US television in the 1960s some scenes were edited. There have also been complaints about the characters smoking cigarettes, with changes made to recent screenings.