Dora the Explorer: Illegal Immigrant?
Nickelodeon star had better avoid Arizona, to be safe
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 21, 2010 2:35 PM CDT
A roughed up Dora the Explorer gets brought in for illegaly crossing the border in this mashup image provided by creator Debbie Groben and FreakingNews.com.   ((AP Photo))

(Newser) – In her police mug shot, the doe-eyed cartoon heroine with the bowl haircut has a black eye, battered lip, and bloody nose. Dora the Explorer's alleged crime? "Illegal Border Crossing Resisting Arrest." It's just one of the doctored images of the Nickelodeon star floating around online, questioning her immigration status in much the way Tinky Winky the Teletubby's sexuality was questioned.

"Dora is kind of like a blank screen onto which people can project their thoughts and feelings about Latinos," says one sociology professor. Nickelodeon won't comment on Dora's background, which has never been made clear. She has brown skin and speaks Spanish, but with an American accent. She seems to live in an unnamed, borderless world, able to travel anywhere without consequence. "It's symbolic of the way many Latinos live ambiguously in the United States," says one Arizona gender studies teacher.

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Richard Cozby
May 22, 2010 6:41 PM CDT
WTF?! Dora's back story? Her origins are the inside the heads of Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. People are so stupid when they take media and try to think or create some aspect that isn't depicted in the show and then act like it exists. You can only take a cartoon for face value, you can't wonder what Diego was doing while he was off screen, because he wasn't doing anything unless the show said he was. Dora the Explorer is one of only a few kid shows that I find tolerable to due the lack of puppets and characters that were created during some kind of drug fueled focus group.
lipstickonapig
May 22, 2010 6:34 PM CDT
If this chop is worthy of a news report, it must be by someone living under a rock that will be quite surprised at the volume of politically incorrect images available to the average internet savy degenerate. This doesn't even make the top five funniest Dora pics I've seen lately. ;0)
Deluxe_Crusader
May 22, 2010 6:16 AM CDT
Adult minds twist cartoons into something thats just messed up. Dragon tales = 2 children on LSD. Peewee, well, thats pretty much all you have to say. Hey Arnold = Child living with two creepy grandparents, and he has a love obsessed stalker. Angry Beavers = Just the title of this cartoon offends people teletubbies = homosexual barney = drugs the old disney cartoons dont even need the help of an adult to seem messed up. Examples: Fox and the hound, Bambi, Pocahontis, Alice in wonderland. I could literally do this all day.