Amazon warns viewers classic ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoons are racist

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Amazon has added Tom and Jerry to its online streaming service, but is warning users that the classic cartoons are racist.

The Daily Mail Online reports that Amazon warns Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers that episodes may depict scenes of ‘ethnic and racial prejudice’.

Amazon puts the caution statement before subscribers can view the cartoons.

The cartoon made its first episodes in the 1940’s and some claim the show was an example of prejudices in that era.

The Daily Mail Online says that the warning  follows concerns that the representation of a black maid on early episodes of the cartoon show.

The cartoon has seen controversy before over themes of glamorization of smoking and cannibalism.

Fans of the cartoon, and others who aren’t fans, took to Twitter to share how they felt about Amazon’s warning.

https://twitter.com/BeauYoungPrince/status/517635712494362625

https://twitter.com/liamcope1/status/517614068040237058

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