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Herbie Popnecker Examples:
Stereotypes, Political Incorrectness

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They were different times back then. I don't think any of the stereotypes were mean-spirited, but there are examples of African, Native American (Indian), Eskimo, and Chinese stereotypes that today would probably not appear in print.

One could argue that all the women swooning and Dad's issues were sexist, but they were just jokes, and Dad always paid for his indiscretions. More subtle and more sexist are the jobs people had, with positions of prestige and authority held by men, and women were teachers and secretaries. On the other hand, that WAS life in the 1960s. It's clear to me that Mao and Communist China were strongly disliked. Mao himself was made to eat worms, but not caricatured; other Chinese were shown with buck teeth, although so were non-Chinese.

Index terms: racism, racist, not politically correct, culturally insensitive, Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney

African people are depicted as worshiping idols.
Source: Forbidden Worlds #114 p.14 (1963-09)
Updated: 2011-12-25
African people are depicted as worshiping idols.
Native American speech is caricatured, although the Great Spirit is an old friend of Herbie's. Herbie gives a lollipop but then takes it back, claiming to be an Indian Giver.
Source: Herbie #4a p.7 (1964-09)
Updated: 2011-12-25
Native American speech is caricatured, although the Great Spirit is an old friend of Herbie 's.
Tribesmen from "deepest-Africa" talk like Native Americans from a previous story (and are familiar with Herbie).
Source: Herbie #6a p.3 (1964-12)
Updated: 2011-12-25
Tribesmen from "deepest-Africa" talk like Native Americans from a previous story (and are familiar with Herbie ).
A caveman from the past talks like Native American's don't.
Source: Herbie #6a p.11 (1964-12)
Updated: 2011-12-25
A caveman from the past talks like Native American's don't.
Source: Herbie #7b p.11 (1965-02)
Updated: 2012-01-24
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Triple Play! Those caricatures in the butt joke are pretty awful.
Source: Herbie #8b p.6 (1965-03)
Updated: 2011-12-25
Triple Play!
Eskimo man with buck teeth, women who speak unlike Native Americans (but they do know Herbie).
Source: Herbie #13b p.4 (1965-10)
Updated: 2011-12-25
Eskimo man with buck teeth , women who speak unlike Native Americans (but they do know Herbie ).
Herbie gives gifts to buck-toothed indigenous people and speaks kindly of them, oblivious to the fact that they are shooting arrows at him as he leaves.
Source: Herbie #14b p.9 (1965-12)
Updated: 2011-12-25
Herbie gives gifts to buck-toothed indigenous people and speaks kindly of them, oblivious to the fact that they are shooting arrows at him as he leaves.
Muhammad Ali changed his name from Cassius Clay in 1964, so one could argue that not using his chosen name is racist.
Source: Herbie #14b p.11 (1965-12)
Updated: 2011-12-25
Muhammad Ali changed his name from Cassius Clay in 1964, so one could argue that not using his chosen name is racist.
Foo-Manchoo is a buck-toothed, two-headed Chinese caricature in appearance and speech, although for the purpose of the story, people are not too observant.
Source: Herbie #16a p.2 (1966-03)
Updated: 2011-12-25
Foo-Manchoo is a buck-toothed , two-headed Chinese caricature in appearance and speech, although for the purpose of the story, people are not too observant.
A parody of Chinese menus (popular in the 1960s) and a tired old joke (maybe new, then) on being hungry an hour after eating Chinese food.
Source: Herbie #16a p.5 (1966-03)
Updated: 2011-12-25
A parody of Chinese menus (popular in the 1960s) and a tired old joke (maybe new, then) on being hungry an hour after eating Chinese food.
Wahoo Prep, taught in teepees dedicated to "Mathematics, Ugh!", "Science, Ugh!", "History, Ugh!", and "Language, Ugh!" Well, at least the subjects were normal.
Source: Herbie #21a p.6 (1966-10)
Updated: 2011-12-25
Wahoo Prep, taught in teepees dedicated to "Mathematics, Ugh!", "Science, Ugh!", "History, Ugh!", and "Language, Ugh!" Well, at least the subjects were normal.