The “VeggieTales” cartoon franchise, which began in 1993 and includes a television show and multiple films, was created with the intent of teaching Christian morals to children with the help of “talking” vegetables — and now some have deemed the show problematic.
The new narrative some are pushing is that the show spreads hate for minorities.
That is the argument, at least, that some students made at Cal State San Marco’s “Whiteness Forum” last week, as The College Fix and other outlets reported.
Sure, the main characters on the show are Bob the Tomato, who is red, and Larry the Cucumber, who is green, and a handful of other colorful vegetables — but that does not negate the problem, these students argued.
These young people noted that villains on the show tend to be vegetables of color.
Although every vegetable has a color, one group project displayed at the event insisted the villains tend to have ethnic accents — while the main cast sounds “white.”
“When kids see the good white character triumph over the bad person of color character, they are taught that white is right and minorities are the source of evil,” the student project declared.
This logic seems to misconstrue the actual focus and intent of the show.
Conflict in the episodes often occurs during re-enactments of the Bible.
And because most of the events the Scripture documents occurred in what is now considered the Middle East, it would make sense that other characters on the show may not “sound white.”
The show also fights against racism and has preached inclusion in its stories.
On one episode called “The Gourds Must Be Crazy,” Junior Asparagus does not want to invite his classmate Fernando to his birthday party because Fernando sounds different than the rest of his classmates.
When Junior said this, Dad Asparagus told him Fernando’s family is from a foreign country — and that he should not judge his classmate solely based on how he sounds, but instead, on who he is as a person.
Ultimately, Dad Asparagus leaves the decision up to his son — who decides to invite Fernando to his party.
Surely there are bigger problems for our country to worry about than the policing of a harmless cartoon.
Perhaps Cal State San Marco students should actually focus on things that impact everyday Americans — instead of searching for things to be offended about and issues to raise.
Arguing that a show about talking vegetables is racist is a new low for political correctness.
Check out a clip, below, from this big, bad racist show:
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.