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If You Thought VeggieTales Added Cannabis Carl To Their Lineup, You Were Duped

If You Thought VeggieTales Added Cannabis Carl To Their Lineup, You Were Duped

by Tommy Gimler

The Babylon Bee is a Christian satire website, but if you didn’t know that before last Thursday’s post in which they featured a headline regarding the introduction of Cannabis Carl to the VeggieTales lineup, you may have been taken for quite the ride.

I currently don’t have a five-year-old kid in the house, so when somebody sent me this post last week, my initial thought was, “What the fuck is VeggieTales?” After a brief explanation, common sense set in, and I immediately knew the idea of a weed character such as Cannabis Carl being introduced to the children’s show for Christians was a hoax.

However, many people on social media surprisingly didn’t get it right away and wound up freaking out for a split second. Now to their credit, The Babylon Bee’s article was extremely well written. Here’s just a taste of it:

“Kids are ready for this,” said Dreamworks executive Brian Jones, who is overseeing production on the current series.

In his inaugural episode, Cannabis Carl will be at the border to the VeggieTales house property, trying to cross over to start a new life, only to be met by Pa Grape who is out patrolling for illegal vegetables. After Pa Grape puts Carl in custody for being an illegal plant, Mayor Archibald passes a new law that Cannabis Carl is a legal citizen. Carl is welcomed by the Veggie Cast as they sing a song about old laws and new covenants, drawing a powerful parallel from scripture that is easy for kids to understand.

I mean, that’s not bad. Of course, if everybody would have just stopped and actually used your brains, they would have quickly realized that there’s no way in hell a marijuana character would ever be introduced to a show for kids, especially Christian ones. C’mon, meow.

Image credit: The Babylon Bee

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Did ‘VeggieTales’ Introduce a New Cannabis Character?

For the time being, at least, ‘VeggieTales’ characters remain based on things mothers would approve of their kids consuming.

  • Published 14 August 2018

Claim

The animated children’s program ‘VeggieTales’ introduced a cannabis character in August 2018.

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Labeled Satire

Origin

With more and more states in the U.S. legalizing the use of marijuana, it was only a matter of time before a cannabis-based cartoon character was introduced on a children’s show. At least that’s the conceit of a viral piece from the satirical website Babylon Bee.

On 9 August 2018, the site published an article about the upcoming debut of a character named “Cannabis Carl” on the animated children’s show VeggieTales:

VeggieTales creators are celebrating the legalization of recreational cannabis use with a new character, Cannabis Carl. The character is a sign of the progress the United States has made on its views on the controversial plant. “Kids are ready for this,” said Dreamworks executive Brian Jones, who is overseeing production on the current series.

“Mike and I have had this character in our back pockets since college,” Phil Vischer said at a press conference. “America wasn’t ready for Cannabis Carl then, but they’ve finally come around.” Mike Nawrocki, the voice of Larry the Cucumber also commented with a long, drawn-out, high-pitched giggle. His eyes appeared red.

An image purportedly showing Cannabis Carl with the rest of the VeggieTales characters was also shared by the satirical web site. This picture was a digital fabrication created by taking a genuine image featuring various characters from VeggieTales (left) and adding in a cannabis cartoon character (right):

The Babylon Bee is a satirical web site whose disclaimer states that “The Babylon Bee Is Your Trusted Source for Christian News Satire.”

For the time being, at least, 'VeggieTales' characters remain based on things mothers would approve of their kids consuming.