Friday, May 19, 2017

Cheese Vendor, Cesena, Italy

I love finding pieces of American culture appropriated and reinterpreted through foreign eyes (and yes, I am aware that it is a mark of my cultural privilege that this is a matter of joy for me rather than pain). At the farmer's market in Cesena, I found this cheese vendor's stall gleefully violating copyright on old Tom & Jerry cartoons, selling cheese with the implied threat of vengeful violence. Judging by the "1962" on the side, this may have been there for decades, back even to when the cartoon was much more culturally relevant in the United States---but I have no idea to what degree these characters were or are known in Italy, and that is part of the interest for me.