Rachael Naismith: Objects to Beetle Bailey cartoon

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Objects to Beetle Bailey

On Tuesday I turned to the comics page of the Gazette and once again was taken aback by the theme of the Beetle Bailey cartoon. And that’s putting it mildly.

The cartoon shows Beetle and Sarge driving a jeep pulling a missile and Beetle says “I just hope we don’t hit a pothole.” Ha ha, they could blow themselves up and half the countryside.

Is there any reader who finds Beetle Bailey amusing? Week after week there are panels that make jokes about beating people up, ogling gorgeous blondes and berating middle-aged wives, and laughs about stupidity and weight and slacking soldiers. Not a week goes by without a panel that features violence.

I can’t see why this would be acceptable to anyone. This World War II-based cartoon is insulting and dated. And even my two World War II veteran parents would find these themes horrifying.

You can say “Well, don’t read it,” but some kids will read it and I say the Gazette can do better in choosing which comics to feature.

Rachael Naismith