TheSobSister, whose pages never fail to enlighten and amuse, has found a disturbing piece of news: Bazooka Joe got homogonized. The fun-loving, rascally fella we used to know is gone now. In his place is this "hipper than hip, cooler than cool" Super Cool Average Joe:
This Joe has come a long way from the Joe the world first met, the one that helped shape the childhood of our grandparents and great-grandparents, the scrappy kid with the attitude and the irony at every turn:
He's even changed a bit from the Bazooka Joe I knew in my lost and reckless youth:
This new guy, this new Joe with his pop appeal and his squeaky-clean friends, seems to be just one more thorn in my aging side, one more reminder that it's time to pass the torch to the next generation. The whole point of Bazooka Joe is that he appeals to kids. The fact that he no longer appeals to me is just one more sign that it's time to stop talking about how Scrappy Doo ruined everything and start talking about all the boring things that adults talk about.
Such is life, I suppose. The day comes for every one in which we become the thing we hate.