An EARLY reference to Gay culture. new
|Comments by: Chuck Anziulewicz from Spring Hill||Rating:||Posted: February 22, 2014|
This cartoon is notable for its very early reference to homosexuality. About five minutes into the cartoon, a figurine of Atlas is being auctioned off by Betty's friend, Bimbo. Koko the clown agrees to purchase the figurine, acting very effeminately in the process, and Bimbo shouts, "SOLD to the man in the red tie!" The inside joke here is the reference to red ties, which were sometimes worn by Gay men in the early 20th century as an identification symbol.
|Comments by: Karl_Dan||Rating:||Posted: October 22, 2003|
The cartoon opens with a very catchy "Rag" type song, "Here comes the old rag man". Bimbo is the rag man, or junk man. He walks along the city street, taking a policeman's clothes, the stipes off a barber pole, etc. He sings a song, "Any rags? Any rags, any bones any rubbish today?".
He pulls a mouse trap out of a garbage can, and inside is Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing! (another Fleisher dig at Walt Disney!). All the while he is collecting rags and rubbish to an incredible jazzy beat. He arrives at Betty's apartment building. He asks Betty as she leans out of her window "Any rags?". As Betty is answering him her top falls down not once but twice revealing her bra (!). The trash trown at him by her neighbors stuns him, and he stumbles to the jazzy beat, imagining threadbare angels blowing hot jazz. Again more jazz plays as he pushes his rag cart down the street. He ends up in front of a crowd and begins to auction his junk. He holds up a nude statue of Atlas which is bid on by a FLAMINGLY gay Ko Ko the clown, who bids "75, deary!". As he sells his junk everybody including the junk is really rockin' to the beat. He and Betty are inside the cart, which overturns into a house, and they let the dog out. Overall the music never lets up and is very hot. A wonderful cartoon. Max knew the city life and it's various ethnic peoples, who populated his cartoons, unlike the Disney cartoons which always seemed to take place in a barnyard. You see Germans, Jews, even gays in the Fleischer cartoons. (Betty Boop's Red Riding Hood has a little forest elf who prances up to Betty as she is distributing flowers and says "Fairies like pansies too...)
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