Friday, June 24, 2016

Bieganski Lives on "Adult Swim"

I just stumbled across Bieganski in a Google search.

I was searching "fictional character New Jersey Polish" to see what Polish fictional characters from New Jersey I could find.

And I found Bieganski.

Carl Brutananadilewski epitomizes Bieganski.

Here's what Wikipedia says about Carl Brutananadilewski

"Carl Brutananadilewski is a fictional character on the Adult Swim animated television series Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known by various alternative titles) and the online series Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week. Carl is a short-tempered, vulgar, tacky, ignorant and sarcastic man … He is often the victim of the villainous plots … he used to work at a Styrofoam peanut factory

Carl studied 'elevator repair,' and in another episode he is seen trying to sell cheap counterfeit clothing made by Chinese immigrants … Carl's expenses are divided between Chinese food, beer and strippers … 'I don't know if I believe in God, but I think he must hate me. Because he allowed you to create a dog that constantly rapes me!' Carl has also stated that he was Catholic.

Carl is the son of a cruel father who worked in a carpet factory, and made him work there as a child, even on Christmas. His father was also the former star of a series of amateur porn videos on VHS that Carl owns and treasures. Carl's mother lives at a VA Hospital, and occasionally asks him for very small amounts of money such as $10 for food, which Carl immediately dismisses. Carl sometimes loses tolerance when she asks him for favors, but has been shown on occasions that he genuinely loves her.

Carl has a cousin named Terry, an illegal plastic surgeon … he and Master Shake were both briefly married to a mail-order bride from Chechnya named Svetlana, who quickly runs off after the marriage. In 'Big Bro' he accidentally impregnates a woman named Darlene, and later fakes his own death to avoid responsibility, leaving Frylock to raise his illegitimate son"

Wake up, Polonia. In the 2000s, American creative youth created this vulgar, stupid, ugly character, and gave him their idea of a stereotypical "Polish" sounding name. And, yes, those ideas are part of the cultural baggage of all living in the West. And, yes, the Bieganski stereotype does play a role in how the West understands you and your history.

Read "Bieganski" Organize. And change this.

Addendum: Lyle S Henretty wrote in response to this post, " I told the jokes and laughed at them, and then found myself surprised when I heard that Polish scientists had made a scientific breakthrough. The jokes had worked on me, and I hadn't known I was capable of that kind of ugly prejudice. It was a shock, and I didn't like myself very much."

1 comment:

  1. I am less concerned about this display of primal vulgarity than I am about the more polished forms of Polonophobia that are taken quite seriously in academia and the media.


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