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Tom and Jerry cartoon gets racism warning






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Amazon.com is warning customers that some Tom and Jerry shows are racist. Amazon has put a warning on one series of the show. It says that some of the shows have "ethnic and racial prejudices" that used to be common in the USA. Amazon said this wrong 70 years ago, and is still wrong today. People say the black maid in the cartoon is racist. Some cartoons were changed in the 1960s because of racism.

The cartoonists William Hanna and Joseph Barbera made Tom and Jerry in 1940. They made 114 Tom and Jerry cartoons from 1940 to 1957. The cartoons won seven Oscars. They are one of the most popular cartoons in history. Children watch them on TV every day. An animation expert said the quality of the early Tom and Jerry cartoons was "superb". Many people said it was "madness" that Amazon put a warning on the cartoons.

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