More madness from my state of California, this time originating at our state’s University in San Marcos.
At an event known as the Annual Whiteness Forum, the popular Christian children’s cartoon series, “VeggieTales,” has been labeled, “dangerous” for promoting racial stereotypes by making the villains colored. That’s right, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, whose tagline is, “Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much,” are promoting racism.
According to one of the posters presented at the forum, “Whiteness in the Bible isn’t just seen as ‘power’ it’s seen as ‘good.’ When kids see the good white character triumph over the bad person of color character they are taught that white is right and minorities are the source of evil.”
It should be noted that the Veggie Tales’ heroes, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, are red and green, respectively.
According to Fox News, the female student who headed up the project reportedly said the evil characters sound ethnic or Latino, while the good characters sound white.
By humanizing vegetables, says the poster, the creators of VeggieTales are using children’s programming to promote racial stereotypes by making the villains racial minorities. “When supremacists aim to taint the way children think of people of color, it will work,” it reads.
PJ Media reached out to Eric Metaxas, a former Veggie Tales writer and narrator, who offered this profound comment:
“All vegetables are part of one race, even though they are of many colors. They are all descended from the same parents — the Adam and Eve of vegetables, who foolishly ate a forbidden fruit (irony?) and screwed everything up for all vegetables descended from them. At least I’m pretty sure that’s the story.”
The Bible teaches that all people — regardless of race — were created in God’s image, have sinned, and are in need of the saving grace of Jesus the Messiah. This is the message of Veggie Tales. I would know–my kids grew up on the series, Veggie Tales. And the villains (and even some of the good guys) do often have silly accents, for purposes of humor.