So you put all the bad guys on a roof. That's not really defeating them. Laziest superheroes ever.
I think the message here is while you can have black superheroes, they won't ever be any good at it.
Those guys didn't even do anything before it happened, either. Did the Globetrotters just presume they were bad guys from the way they looked? Isn't that wrong?
|Zhou Fang |
Dammit, this makes me want to watch that UCB about Pro Thunderball. "I'll pull a basketball out of my afro if I have to coach."
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
What the hell did I just watch.
|Caminante Nocturno |
That little dance they do at -0:16 is the best superpower they've got. You don't even have to transform into costumed freaks to use that superpower.
I used to watch reruns of this late at night on Boomerang. The entire show is this fucked up and more.
There was a time in animation history when any stupid subject was considered a good idea for a show. That time was the late 1970s.
So basically, they had about 4 ideas for Super Globetrotters and then they were reduced to plagiarizing from The Mighty Heroes.
I'm going to say this about "The Super Globetrotters" and "The Regular, Unpowered, Clearly Inferior Globetrotters" and "The Live Action Globetrotters Guest Starring Rodney Allen Rippy". When I was very young, that stuff was all over the Saturday morning cartoons, and that was honestly a lot of my exposure to blacks (living as I did in a lily-white suburb). But crappy entertainment aside, I think it made for a positive impression: these are guys who are friends, they're polite, they work at their craft, they have fun. Black people are awesome!
A lot of white kids grow up and when they see a black person their initial thought is, "I wonder if he's going rob me". That's not something that took root in me. On the other hand, there's probably a cluster of neurons somewhere in my head that expects them to produce a basketball and roll it from one hand across their arms and shoulders to the other hand, with a slide whistle sound. That's progress, I guess.
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