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Steve Likes to Curse
Writing, comics and random thoughts from really a rather vulgar man
He-Man and She-Ra vs. Your Perverted Great-Uncle 
Friday, May 16th, 2008 | 09:41 am [he-man, humor, video]
When Filmation created She-Ra: Princess of Power as a girl-friendly spin-off to their weekday afternoon staple He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, they didn't stray far from established formula. Like He-Man, every She-Ra episode ended with a moral, sometimes derived from the story of that episode; more often than not a complete non sequitir. One wrinkle they threw into She-Ra was a Where's Waldo? gimmick where a character named Loo-Kee would be drawn into the background of a scene, with the idea being that the kids watching were supposed to find his hiding place. At the end of the show, Loo-Kee would step out and, for the kids too dumb to figure it out or who just didn't give a shit, reveal his hiding place. Then, he would deliver the show's moral.

As far as I know, there was only one episode of She-Ra which didn't feature Loo-Kee, and that was "Horde Prime Takes a Holiday," written by future Babylon 5 creator and Amazing Spider-Man writer J. Michael Straczynski. The moral at the end of that episode was about child molestation. The creators of the show reasoned — wisely, I think — that adorable, multi-colored, ewok-esque Loo-Kee, who was accustomed to reminding the children in the audience to do their homework and refrain from namecalling, wasn't the proper vehicle for such a serious message. So She-Ra and He-Man did it instead, with a little help from Orko:

It's a serious and important message, and according to producer Lou Scheimer, it did encourage at least one abused child to come forward and tell her mother.  Yet I can't help but find this utterly fucking hysterical.  Especially the part where He-Man points right at you and orders you not to be ashamed to tell someone you've been diddled by grandpa.

And, my, isn't He-Man's littany of people to tell thorough:  "Your parents, your doctor, your teacher, or counselor, or your minister or rabbi."  Leave anyone out there, He?  I notice he didn't say priest.  He knew the score.
Sunday, May 18th, 2008 | 05:13 am (UTC) - Help me, God.
Dear God,

Have I been a bad girlfriend lately? Have I burnt dinner even once? Have I even risked making dinner in the last couple months? No? Then why are you punishing me? In the name of all that is holy, let me know what I need to pay penance for and I will march to my nearest church and reach deep into my pockets, stat, if that is what it takes. Just lift this terrible He-Man curse from my household and get that tanned, oiled, and grossly muscled man with Dorothy Hammill's haircut off my television forever and ever, amen. (And if the DVDs could somehow be mysteriously hurled into a fiery pit, you'd earn BIG points with me. Also consider working some memory erasing magic. I'd never tell.)

A.A. Shiveslove
Sunday, May 18th, 2008 | 02:47 pm (UTC) - Re: Help me, God.
So . . . wait . . . what are you saying?

You like He-Man?


Edited at 2008-05-18 02:48 pm (UTC)
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