Rocko’s Modern Life is Foisting Propaganda on Youngsters

Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling Trailer | Netflix


One Angry Gamer had this first, but Entertainment Weekly just ran a praising article on the cartoon called Rocko’s Modern Life, first aired on Nickelodeon and today is also on Netflix, whose producers are now concocting a transgender yarn with the intention of shoving an agenda upon unwitting children:


In July 1996, Nickelodeon aired an episode of Rocko’s Modern Life called “Closet Clown,” featuring a story of Mr. Bighead desperately trying to hide his secret identity as a clown from a town that hates these red-nosed jesters. Series creator Joe Murray confirms this was meant as an allegory for a gay person’s coming-out experience at a time when TV shows couldn’t just come out right and say it. “We were still playing by the rules, so to speak, and still trying to interject those situations [into the cartoon],” he tells EW over the phone.

With Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, a new TV special coming to Netflix this Friday, times have changed. In the 45-minute continuation of his original series, Murray is no longer operating with restrictions and is instead inserting a prominent trans story arc for the Bighead family through the character of Rachel, EW can exclusively reveal.

Rachel, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, was known as Ralph in the ’90s cartoon and Rocko needs to find her.


We the audience, on the other hand, don’t. If anything, this confirms the original dimwittery was already a propaganda vehicle that no decent parent need have ever let their kids watch. And now, regarding modern times:


“When I started writing [Static Cling], I really started latching onto the idea of change and how society has changed and what’s gone on in the last 20 years and the development of our characters and how they would react to change,” says Murray, who returns to voice Rachel after voicing the original character for years on the show. “It felt natural, because it was not only about change, about somebody finding who they are and making that courageous choice to go through that change.”

The story line marks a strong push for more trans visibility in G-rated entertainment, which continues to grow its inclusion of LGBTQ characters. In its report card on the 2018-2019 TV season, GLAAD specifically pointed out Steven Universe (creator Rebecca Sugar debuted a same-sex wedding on the Cartoon Network series). For trans representation, Amazon’s Danger & Eggs, co-created by trans showrunner Shadi Petosky, featured trans stories and characters. (The show has since been canceled.)


Probably because nobody cared about D&E’s agenda-pushing. Here’s the pathetic explanation given for why kids cartoons simply must spotlight transexuality:


Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender representation who consulted on Static Cling, tells EW over email how important it is to show LGBTQ people existing in the world. “Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling tells a beautiful — and hilarious — story about accepting change,” he writes. “The younger characters accept Rachel immediately; recognizing she’s still their friend. And while Rachel’s father is slow to accept change within his own family, even he realizes that loving your child should be unconditional. This story of inclusion and acceptance is so needed in our current climate.”


If it’s really so important, do it in news articles, not in showbiz vehicles whose alleged purpose is escapist entertainment. As the above notes about the original 90s cartoon verify, however, it was anything but. What’s particularly galling is how he says we simply must accept ideologically driven nonsense, and not consider it a form of mental insanity in any way.


Adams and GLAAD got involved in 2016 at the suggestion of Nickelodeon. “When I read the story outline, I was happy to see that Rachel’s gender was treated as a non-issue by Rocko and his friends, and that Rachel’s father finally realized that he loves and supports his daughter,” Adams writes. “I worked with the show’s creators to ensure that Rachel was drawn in a respectful way, so that her femininity wasn’t a joke. We also talked about how to portray the moment Rachel reveals her transition to the boys so that it wasn’t sensationalistic. From story outline to storyboards to animatics, to the final show, Nickelodeon kept GLAAD updated every step of the way.”


In other words, the man served as a “purse puppy” for the staff, or, this was practically a whole propaganda project collaboration. But don’t believe their assertion this isn’t sensationalized. Given how they want to push their beliefs onto children and just about everyone else, that’s just why it is. It certainly doesn’t excuse the lecturing angle.

Will this serve as a wakeup call for parents? Depends. Some, tragically, are so indoctrinated themselves these days, they’ll accept it to the fullest. Others will hopefully avoid giving it viewership. For now, it demonstrates how some people in the entertainment business didn’t get into it because they wanted to offer up real escapism without being preachy. Rather, they got in for the purpose of indoctrination, shoving their twisted beliefs on unsuspecting masses. And now, we see the results.


Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1