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‘Johnny Bravo’ Is The Latest Kids Show To Be Criticised For Being Offensive

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‘Johnny Bravo’ Is The Latest Kids Show To Be Criticised For Being Offensive

Ah Johnny Bravo, that show on Cartoon Network that featured the buff, idiotic womaniser that really wasn't ever successful with the ladies.

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The show is up there in most young adult's minds of the best kids cartoon shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Hey Arnold, Cow and Chicken, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Pinky and the Brain.

But unfortunately, in much the same way as The Simpsons and Friends, Bravo is being criticised for being offensive, sexist and misogynistic.

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Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Interestingly, you can look at the show in two different ways.

You can say that Johnny Bravo is rude, crude, goes out of his way to try and chat up women in virtually any scenario and gets turned down pretty much every time. Most people would find that type of behaviour annoying and wrong in 2018.

But you can also look at it from the perspective that this show could teach young blokes that acting like Bravo will get you nowhere with women.

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Funnily enough, in the episode titled 'Witch-Ay Woman', a mystic transforms Johnny into a female called Jenny and he has to work out what it's like to be a woman before he is reverted back. When he first wakes up as a 'chick', his first thought that would change him back to male was that 'chicks are for looking hot'.

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Unsurprisingly he doesn't get changed back.

For the whole episode, Jenny gets cat-called and chatted up by gawking, sleazy guys in the same way that the protagonist does.

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He slowly learns that women go through this everyday and they even break into song where they say: "Cause the last thing that they're checking out is Jenny's brilliant mind."

Sure, that's just one episode out of 65, but it helps to illustrate that there was a bit of subtext attached to the show.

The creator of Johnny Bravo, Van Partible, sure as hell doesn't think his creation is negative.

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He wrote on his blog for the 20th anniversary of JB premiering on Cartoon Network, saying: "I've received wonderful letters from children all over the world expressing their love for the show and drawing cute pictures of Johnny.

"I had a man come tell me that Johnny Bravo was the only show he used to watch with his father because it was the only show that made his dad laugh. Another woman told me it was the favourite show of her autistic daughter who couldn't get enough of Johnny's voice (shout out to Jeff Bennett!)."

Featured Image Credit: Cartoon Network

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Offensive, Interesting, millennials

Stewart Perrie
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