Would a Bugs Bunny cartoon produced in the 1950’s and viewed as a satire be offensive to modern-day feminists? In “What’s Opera, Doc” (1950) Bugs plays the part of the Valkyrie Brünnhilde from Wagner’s Ring cycle ( Der Ring des Nibelungen http://bit.ly/2lF5nF8 ) of Siegfried’s lover.
Dressed as a Valkyrie, Bugs seduces Elmer Fudd (who plays Siegfried) with a campy, sendup of the operatic character.
Fudd eventually pursues Bugs.
Would contemporary feminist women be offended by Bugs depiction as a vamp?
The full cartoon is at this link:
Bugs has satirized women in other cartoons such as:
“Hare Conditioned” (1945) and in other cartoons:
In another cartoon, “Water, Water Every Hare” (1952), Bugs is pursued by a furry monster. He imitates an effeminate manicurist and hairdresser (“my stars, where did you get that awful hairdo?“). He has a stereotypical conversation with his client:
and chats him up about his new hairdo.
The scene can be viewed here:
Would contemporary gay men view bugs as a stereotype of a male hairstylist?