Cartoon Network last week aired a new show featuring a band of Marvel Comic type heroes. The five crime fighters starting in Minoriteam are extreme stereotyped super heroes out to save the world from bigotry and racism. The show succeeds not at being outright funny but in its pure exaggeration. The characters are exaggerated to such a ludicrous degree that they even question the bigotry of those who believe in the clichés. The line-up of characters living in
- Fasto, the jive-talking black superspeedster with a constant eye on the ladies
- El Jefe, the sombrero-topped Spanish speaker whose secret weapon is his leaf blower and a personal Kryptonite, tequila
- Jewcano, whose religious rage allows him to conjure up volcanoes
- Nonstop, the turban-wearing guy who has been shot so many times in his years as a convenience store clerk that his skin is lined with lead.
The nemesis of the heroes is White Shadow and his accomplishes including Racist Frankenstein, the Corporate Ladder and Standardised Test (whose head is shaped like a No. 2 pencil and whose body resembles a Scantron test) who meet inside a Washington monument to plot world domination.
So what differentiates Minoriteam from other cartoons such as the recent caricatures of the prophet Mohamed or cartoons published in Arab media about the Pope? First, Minoriteam has a clearly defined struggle between good and evil. Second, it is all encompassing satire - covering a large part of the “ethnic spectrum” in the