Fact 5: The REAL Betty Boop

Esther Jones, known as Baby Ester was the first Black sex symbol in animation. Now of course everyone thinks or thought that Betty Boop was this lady:

 

photo credit: stylecaster.com

BUT REALLY, the real Betty Boop was this lady:

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photo credit: wikipedia.com

 

Now Esther was a black jazz singer in Harlem, New York. She performed at a placed called the Cotton Club in the 1920’s singing phrases like “Boo Boo Boo” “Wha Da Da” and  the infamous “Boop Boop A Doop”. A lady by the name Helen Kane tried to sue the company that introduced Baby Esther as a cartoon, but she ended up losing the case. Even after the Real Betty Boop was introduced, she was still portrayed as a white figure.

 

gif credit: madamenoire.com

That’s all I got for today. Check out Fact 6 tomorrow.

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