|08-25-2009, 08:04 PM||#51|
Trust me. I'm a ninja.
Join Date: Jan 2009
Of course he was a stereotype, but if that sterotype includes being an expert marksman, tracker, owner of a Bald Eagle and all around bad ass, then so be it.
|08-25-2009, 08:06 PM||#52|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hutto, Texas
Spirit has always been one of my favorites since he first appeared and I think he plays a big part in the tracking of Cobra! His role can not be taken lightly at all.
Bring the Rain!!
|08-27-2009, 10:27 PM||#53|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southern Cali
I'll speak for myself, but I'm sure I'll get some agreement with this:
Being a child of the 80s and watching this cartoon actually made me want to know more about the cultures represented by the characters.
Sure, if we look at characters like Spirit, Roadblock, Storm Shadow, etc, we can see the 2009 definition of stereotype, but racism and bigotry are learned. You aren't born with it. As kids, we never see color, religion, sexual preference or creed.
To me they were just heroes. And if they mentioned their cultural background, that made me want to learn more about it at the library.
They also gave me a much deeper appreciation for real life soldiers, fireman, policemen, mom's, dad's, teachers and the long list of heroic people.
I learned to read because of Marvel Comics. I'd like to say that I have a much better imgagination, and am willing to help someone in need more than the average person because of the heroes in cartoons and comics.
I know the cartoon was a big 30 minute commercial to buy whatever they were talking about in that particular episode, but to me, as a kid, it helped shed some light on tolerance and how to treat people with respect.
We live in a society where EVERYONE is on the phone while driving, texting while walking, blogging and twittering about mindless crap that you wouldn't even tell your therapist.
Thank God for heroes, both animated and real. They'll always be there for you.
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