Our recent tongue-in-check post on the Biggest Asses in Comics (This time there really are asses) made us realize something. Eeyore, the depressed donkey from the Winnie the Pooh stories, is noticeably absent from the covers of comic books in which he appears. He shows up on a cover once. And we’re not even sure it’s him since he’s smiling.
Seriously. Go look it up yourself. Of course Winnie is on pretty much every cover. He is the titular (we love that word) character after all. And of course Piglet (best bud) and Tigger (most fun and most popular supporting character) are all over the place. Kanga and Li’l Roo figure in quite a bit. But even Owl, and to a lesser degree Rabbit, are found on multiple covers. In fact, on ensemble covers, all of the characters get some space … except Eeyore.
We’d like to scream “RACISM!” but we’re not sure stuffed animals can be categorized into races. So, maybe we’ll cry “SEXISM!” but Eeyore is a male (at least that’s what we deduce from his voice in the Disney flicks and in pronouns creator A.A. Milne used for Eeyore in his stories). “AGISM!” … nope. He doesn’t seem to be any older than Owl, for example. “HEIGHTISM!” … nah. He’s not any bigger or smaller than the others. “ABLEISM!” Could be. He does seem a bit slow, but the other characters aren’t unkind to him even if he is a bit of an oaf.
How about “HOMOPHOBIA!”? That’s the pink elephant in the room that’s all the rage today. But not a few decades back when the comics were coming out. Besides, we see no indication of sexual activity in Pooh’s Corner. Cripes, nobody even knows who Roo’s dad is or where he’s at. It’s like Roo just sort of sprang out of Kanga’s pouch fully formed. Must be another one of those immaculate conception things. So, what gives? Well, swinging back to racism (or, at least ethnicism or nationalism depending on where the DNA takes you), the only thing we can figure is that Eeyore is Jewish. We know what Disney thinks of the Hebrew crowd. So, yeah. That’s it. Poor Eeyore. You may be a nebbish, but we still love you.