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Can We All Agree How Messed Up ‘Ren & Stimpy’ Was?

Scenes burned into our childhood memories.

Remember The Ren & Stimpy Show? If you grew up in the ‘90s and stayed up past your bedtime, there’s a good chance you would’ve watched Ren – an emotionally unstable Chihuahua and Stimpy – a dimwitted cat on one of their many weird and wonderful adventures.

Ren & Stimpy quickly gained a cult following after it premiered on Nickelodeon in 1991, but it also attracted a fair amount of controversy. The show was not ‘educational’, much to Nickelodeon’s bother – and at times, it featured religious and political references, not to mention some pretty gruesome, violent and suggestive scenes that were eventually shortened or completely removed to make it PG. 

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Even though these parts of the show were removed, Ren & Stimpy was still pretty messed up for a kid’s show – here’s proof:

Scenes of a Graphic Nature

One of Ren & Stimpy’s trademarks was the cartoon’s macabre, weird and gruesome imagery. In one hair-raising scene, Ren slowly plucks nerve-endings out of his toothless gums. In another, he beats a man senseless with a huge wooden paddle. Other scenes, which were eventually removed, show Ren’s face being grated against a man’s stubble, and another showed the Chihuahua being punched in the stomach by two angry babies. 

Sexual References

Then there were all the bizarre sexual references in Ren & Stimpy. Like, when the father of a random family answers the door naked, and Ren and Stimpy end up in a bath with said random family. One of the most memorable moments from Ren & Stimpy has to be when Ren attempts to saw a piece of wood positioned on Stimpy’s back, and well, things get very suggestive.

Just Plain Cooked

Some other scenes from Ren & Stimpy that have been burned in our childhood memories include the one where the characters go skinny dipping and remove their skin. Or when a character in the show grates his elbow, before adding lemon and salt to the wound. 

Looking back, it’s hard to believe how this show was allowed to go to air on a kid’s TV channel but it has most definitely gone down as one of the most iconic cartoons in TV history.

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Come For Mel And ‘Masterchef’ Daddy Jock Zonfrillo Will Roast You

"Please get educated and be a better human."

If you’ve been watching the current season of Masterchef Australia you’d know that judge Jock Zonfrillo is not one to mince his words. Zonfrillo’s no frills attitude is one of the reasons audiences love him so much – but when it comes to defending his colleagues, the celeb chef will not play nice.

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Yesterday, Zonfrillo posted a spiteful and racist messaged he received from Masterchef viewer Graham Jones. In the incoherent message, Jones wrote, “Geez I will be glad when this dumb arse MasterChef finished.”

“Having to watch trailers of you and that painful g**k criticise what is put in front of you because a pea is in the wrong place half the stuff no one would ever make,” Jones added. “Geeze you are so far up yourselves.”

In the caption of his post, Zonfrillo started by calling out Jones’ racial slur against fellow judge Melissa Leong. “She’s actually Melissa, she’s my work wife, my sister, my mate, she drinks espresso like I do, she is able to express and articulate a damn sight better than you can clearly and that is just the beginning Graham,” he wrote.

“She’s a woman whose origin happens to be different than yours, but why does that make you so afraid?” he asked.

“I feel sorry for you that you cannot see past the colour of someone’s skin or actually the fact they are just different than your white ass in any way,” he wrote. “Graham, please get educated and be a better human.”

Zonfrillo ended his fiery clap back with a word of warning. “I’m sick of this type of thing getting sent to me so here’s a heads up…If you send this kind of shit to me, it’s getting called out.”

Mic drop.

It’s no surprise Jock Zonfrillo singled out Graham Jones for his ignorant, racist and downright rude message. It’s not the first time the cast of Masterchef have spoken out about racial diversity within the show.

Earlier this month, Melissa Leong told News.com.au “while I am proud to play a small part in the changing face of diversity and inclusivity in Australian media, let me be clear in saying that we are so very far from where we need to be.” 

“Whether it’s our ancient Indigenous heritage or more recent multicultural contribution, representation of the differently-abled, or those who are fighting to be accepted for how they identify or loving who they love, it is clear that we all need and deserve to feel seen and be heard,” she said.

“It is my hope in these difficult times that we can and will bring about lasting and positive change in this regard,” she added. 

Massive appreciation needs to go to both Melissa Leong and Jock Zonfrillo for fighting against these injustices and calling out racist behaviour when they see it.

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You Need To See Sacha Baron Cohen’s Epic Troll Of An Alt-Right Rally To Believe It

The ultimate stitch-up.

If you were a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial Who Is America?, you’d be well aware that the actor and comedian isn’t afraid of trolling where no man has dared to troll before, and a recent alt-right rally in Washington was absolutely no exception.

According to Variety, Baron Cohen crashed the Washington State Three Percenters’ conservative rally over the weekend, where he performed a racist song on stage and even managed to get the crowd to sing along.

At the rally, titled ‘March for Our Rights 3’, Baron Cohen disguised himself as the leader of a political action committee offering to sponsor the event, and even brought a security team to ensure he wouldn’t be kicked off stage.

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The song Baron Cohen performed on-stage featured incredible racist and offensive references, and lyrics including, “Obama, what we gonna do? Inject him with the Wuhan flu. Hillary Clinton, what we gonna do? Lock her up like we used to do.”

Baron Cohen’s epic prank only became more unbelievable when he got the crowd involved, convincing them to sing “inject him with the Wuhan flu.” 

In a social media video, one of the rally organisers explained that Baron Cohen’s ‘band’ got added to the bill even though they had never worked with them before and had no idea who they were.

When Baron Cohen began singing racist lyrics, organisers tried to find the production manager and even attempted to cut the power to stop the performance, but were blocked by the comedian’s security team.

While Sacha Baron Cohen is yet to confirm what the prank was for, fans think it could be for a second season of Who is America? Considering the comedian pranked everyone from Bernie Sanders to Dick Cheney, Jill Stein, Roy Moore and O.J. Simpson during season one of the show, this kind of classic stitch-up is right on the money.

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