Watch the Mickey Mouse Cartoon That was Banned in America

Watch the Mickey Mouse Cartoon That was Banned in America

May 16, 2012

The state of Ohio thinks showing your udders is utterly offensive. At least they did in 1931 when Walt Disney premiered The Shindig, about a barn dance that the famous Mickey attends. Neatorama shared the story behind the banned Disney cartoon, in which Clarabelle Cow is shown in a stable reading a naughty book entitled Three Weeks. She's shown lounging in bed "naked" paging through the notorious read, written by Elinor Glyn.

The udders were lewd enough for some people, but the appearance of the British novelist's banned book (in Canada), which later came to be condemned by religious leaders in the U.S., put the scene over the top for many in 1930's Middle America. Three Weeks wasn't kinky enough to be the early 20th century version of Fifty Shades of Grey, but Glyn "pioneered women’s mass market erotic fiction. It was Elinor Glyn who coined the word “it” to mean 'sex appeal.'" So while Americans were busy thinking Clarabelle the cow was a total slut, Disney was already offending others — like Germany — with buffoonish images of the Fuhrer, who also happened to be a big Mickey fan. You can read about that on Neatorama. Watch the udder-riffic Shindig below.

 

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