Last time around we filled an entire page full of innuendo that the now-classic Justice League managed to get on the air. We left out one major moment, however, so we're going to rectify that here.
In "Maid of Honor," Wonder Woman befriends Princess Audrey of the fictional country of Kaznia. Recently engaged, Audrey is eager to get out and party before the shackles of marriage drag her with boring things like comfort, familiarity and mutual respect.
Diana isn't super well-versed in the fleeting and ultimately meaningless desires of puny humans, but she often does her best to try and at least fake it. When Audrey offers that Wonder Woman comes along, she does so with this bombshell.
Wonder Woman probably took Audrey's wish for "several bangs" literally, but I think we know that she's not talking about fireworks.
Up to now, these cartoons have been getting by on double-meanings. As long as you can get a censor to see a joke one way, everyone else can enjoy the true meaning of "cherry-popping bears."
But in the episode "Furball Follies," Fifi La Fume just says the word "gigolo" aloud like it's nothing. There's no subtext here -- it's all text. She's got a thick French accent (like another French cartoon skunk, Pepe Le Pew), so maybe the person in charge of the episode dismissed it as gibberish. But it certainly paints her next line in a new light, when she chases after her male love interest.
Then again, I could be reaching here. A stiff red stick of meat isn't always supposed to represent a penis. Right?
It's hard to describe Cow and Chicken to someone who's never seen an episode. It's sillier than Ren and Stimpy, more abstract and absurd than Ren and Stimpy and also dirtier than Ren and Stimpy. Something tells me it might have been inspired by Ren and Stimpy.
The show might have gotten away with more than any Nicktoon, though. Even the "cleaner" jokes are pretty lewd. Like the time Chicken snuck into the girl's bathroom:
An ignorant kid thinking a tampon machine is for cigars is almost kind of sweet. There's an innocence there that makes his stupidity charming.
But that's where taste and subtlety end. The rest of the show is raunchy at best and distasteful at worst. The most infamous episode has to be "Buffalo Gals," in which a group of stereotypical lesbian bikers charge into people's houses and start eating carpets.
As the story goes, this episode was aired exactly once before being pulled from broadcast. This was back in 1998, so it's unclear whether it was the crass stereotyping or just implying the existence of gay people that pushed Cartoon Network over the edge.
Those boundaries don't seem to apply to the rest of the series. The bit with the "As-Wi-Pe" tribe still broadcasts from time to time.
The characters pronounce it "az-wee-peh," but the subtitles make it look a lot more like "asswipe."
Did I mention this show was classy? Because boy-howdy!
There's a little-known animation trick that not many people know. See, it takes time to draw every frame of a cartoon, so when a character looks directly into the camera the moment a punchline hits, that's because the writers want you to know they're referencing female ejaculation. Feel free to bring out this tidbit at parties to impress/alienate your friends.
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