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Spinach has Caused Popeye to Change Persuasion
By:Bob G(O) Field General le duc
Date: Friday, 28 December 2001, 6:21 am

Thu Dec 27 2001 20:06:24 ET

HELLO sailor! Cartoon tough guy Popeye has been outed.

The spinach-guzzling seaman's secret gay affair with arch-rival Bluto is revealed in a controversial new ad. The two sworn enemies are usually depicted fighting for the attention of the lovely Olive Oyl in cartoons and comics.

But in a new ad campaign for orange juice they only have eyes for each other.

Beefy Bluto squeals with joy as he pushes muscle-bound Popeye back and forth on a swing in a children's playground Then the two tough guys lark about on a see-saw before heading off to the beach.

Their new-found affection for each other is sealed when they get the words "Buddies For Life" tattooed on their bulging arms.

Bemused Olive Oyl spots the pair coming towards her on a tandem and tries to catch their attention by striking a sexy pose. But pipe-smoking Popeye and Bluto blank her and ride off into the sunset together.

The ad - by orange juice makers Minute Maid - has outraged moral crusaders in the USA, who claim the cartoon characters are spreading gay propaganda.

Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, stormed: "If parents think their children are being targeted by a homosexual campaign, they will switch brands of juice without blinking.

But Cathy Renna from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found the new gay icons amusing.

She said: "Gay people are raising their eyebrows and winking along with the ad."

Charles Torrey, Minute Maid's marketing director, said the ad was meant to be fun.

He said: "We're certainly not targeting any one group."

Messages In This Thread

Spinach has Caused Popeye to Change Persuasion
Bob G(O) Field General le duc -- Friday, 28 December 2001, 6:21 am
What’s going on here? + Popeye’s persuasion
Jacques -- Friday, 28 December 2001, 6:26 pm
your description is an interesting interpretation...
Lynne -- Sunday, 30 December 2001, 12:13 am
No more big words
Bob G(O) Field General le duc -- Sunday, 30 December 2001, 4:09 am
Ah, but the Chevalier would be proud,
Cheryl -- Sunday, 30 December 2001, 4:40 am
Touche! Now for a humble example of my limited vocabulary
Bob G(O) Field General le duc -- Sunday, 30 December 2001, 4:54 am
with apologies to Voltaire ...
Socrates_ -- Sunday, 30 December 2001, 1:22 pm
See Maggie
Maggie -- Sunday, 30 December 2001, 6:37 pm
Wow, what titillating tintinnabulation!!!!!!!!
Oceangirl -- Monday, 31 December 2001, 2:36 pm
*L* General Bob, your wrath lacks verisimilitude
Oceangirl -- Monday, 31 December 2001, 2:12 pm
All Valid
Jacques -- Monday, 31 December 2001, 2:39 am