Was Doug Funnie a Racist?

I hereby call to order on this day, the fourth of June, the Council of Nineties Kids for the trial proceedings of a Mr. Douglas Funnie of Bluffington. Recently, I came across an article by the Huffington Post titled “Was ‘Doug’ and Its Central Character Doug Funnie Racist?” and couldn’t help but ponder the curious dilemma presented in the article. In a land full of green, purple, blue, and hot pink citizens, is it mere coincidence that the title character, his family, and love interest are the only white characters in the show? Below, I make cases both for and against this accusation in hopes that you, the jury, will have adequate evidence to pass a verdict.

Doug

Pro:

As the article correctly stated, Bluffington High School is a 100-count box of crayons, and Doug manages to seek out the only other member of the beige family for his long-term love interest. Blogger Wolf Gnards, in a 2009 post that sparked much of the Doug Funnie controversary, states that this discrimination serves as a subliminal racist gesture that only white characters deserve to be in the spotlight. Additionally, in the show’s eight-year history, Patti Mayonnaise never pursues romantic relations with any of Bluffington’s colorful crew.

Patti

Con:

Although Doug and his love interest may be the closest in hue, Patti Mayonnaise is clearly darker complected and could represent a different ethnicity altogether. Additionally, Doug Funnie’s mother (a title character) sports a pinkish hue with blue colored hair, like many of the other townspeople. Exectuive producer Doug Campbell defends the accusations by stating that the show’s key demographic was caucasian children, and like any other television show, production centered around a marketing component. He claims that creators attempted to dodge the issue of race altogether by creating a unique host of rainbow-tinted characters in addition to the Funnie family

Funnie Family

Now that the evidence has been presented, it’s time to pass a verdict. Doug Funnie: average kid or racist symbol? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to follow my blog for updates on this pressing case!

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3 thoughts on “Was Doug Funnie a Racist?

  1. If all you have is a hammer, then everything will look like a nail.

    And so, boys and girls, we end this day with a perception question… if you see a circle with just dots in it and your friend sees the same circle with the number 25 in it, is one person seeing things that aren’t there…. or is one of you color blind?

  2. Well stated argument for and against fitting Doug Funnie for a pointy, white hood. Doug the animated character = not racist. The Writing staff and its parental overlord = the misguided unintentional racial bias. Basically they are “that guy” who tries really hard to say they aren’t racist but in turn reveals their latent racial biases. But I still give Doug a pass because… At least they tried to incorporate diversity in their kids programming, albeit in a pretty transparently self centered way.

  3. As Mr Campbell admitted the market was Caucasian children. The fact that there was only one other “beige” character I think the underlying message was/is to appreciate diversity and play nice with all colors of people. The verdict: Doug Funnie, average kid in a diverse culture (who got the spotlight because he was smarter and Funnier than all the “colored” kids!)

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