Popular children’s show Oggy and the Cockroaches, apparently, has been pulled off the air after disgusted parents noticed cartoonists had drawn a picture of a topless lady with a pair of bare breasts into a scene.
A report from Daily Mail stated that the picture was in the background of an episode which aired in the US on March 5.
Oggy and the Cockroaches is a French animated comedy series produced by Xilam and Gaumont Film Company and which airs on the Nickelodeon children’s TV cartoon channel NickToons.
The NickToons US website now appears to have removed the show from both its schedule and the show’s homepage, although some character’s ‘profile pages’ remain live.
On the other hand, TV schedules for the next few days show other episodes are still billed to air in the US.
NickToons UK and Ireland began airing the show in September last year and shows new episodes every weekend morning.
Moreover, it is unclear if the show will also be removed from the air in Britain.
A father told TMZ his child spotted the pair of breasts on his favorite show, and he was ‘extremely unhappy’ about it. Particularly, he was forced to have a chat about anatomy with his 8-year-old son.
Many viewers discussed “boobgate” on social media.
Hedda G wrote: “Of course the image was inappropriate. That being said an eight-year-old boy is in 3rd grade. He should know about breasts. The little guy should have a basic understanding.”
Christine added: “Cartoonists have been doing this c*** for ages especially Disney. Parents still take their kids to Disney cartoons. Other things to worry about people.”
Megan Mayhew wrote on Facebook: “Ok so it’s ok for women to breastfeed in public but a cartoon of boobs is horrible. If an eight-year-old has never noticed women have boobs than I’m glad his dad had a talk with him. Stop making the naked body so taboo.”
Selina Fraley said: “Wait so the father was concerned about the boobs in the background but not the filth that his kids was watching, I mean, the characters were poisoning each other and lit each other on fire! But you’re worried about cartoon breasts smh get your priorities straight.”
Wikipedia tells that the show centers on Oggy, a blue cat, who would prefer to spend his days contentedly watching television and eating – if not for the three roaches in the household: Joey, Dee Dee and Marky (named after members of the punk group Ramones). The trio seems to enjoy making Oggy’s life miserable, which involves mischief ranging from (in most cases) plundering his refrigerator to such awkward things like hijacking the train Oggy just boarded.
Oggy usually finds creatures accompanying him to the end of the episode, such as crabs, clams, a horse, a very technologically advanced child, a puppy, and an octopus. However, it’s not always Oggy who wins.
The cartoon relies on slapstick humour, much like its “ancestor”, Tom and Jerry, only amplifying the level of extremities up a notch. While traditional slapstick cartoon characters prefer dropping anvils and pianos on each other, this show sometimes uses buses or submarines. Despite these, however, most gags are easily accessible and enjoyable for younger viewers. Since dialogue is kept to a minimum, the humor is entirely visual.
The episode that got busted: