Rubes by Leigh Rubin


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  1. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    So if Thelma, if Louise jumped off a cliff I suppose you would?

  2. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I don’t care what the other lemmings are doing.

  3. nazzofoggenmach

    nazzofoggenmach said, almost 4 years ago

    richard gere’s mother and sister.

  4. Zac Rutter

    Zac Rutter said, almost 4 years ago

    When will we stop perpetuating this awful Disney film crew-caused myth?

  5. Hardhar

    Hardhar said, almost 4 years ago

    @Zac Rutter

    And Disney also has to stop perpetuating the myth that mice can talk. That’s just crazy!

  6. pinkx

    pinkx said, almost 4 years ago

    The misconception of lemming “mass suicide” is long-standing and has been popularized by a number of factors. In 1955, Disney Studio illustrator Carl Barks drew an Uncle Scrooge adventure comic with the title “The Lemming with the Locket”. This comic, which was inspired by a 1953 American Mercury article, showed massive numbers of lemmings jumping over Norwegian cliffs.1011 Even more influential was the 1958 Disney film White Wilderness, which won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature, in which staged footage was shown with lemmings jumping into certain death after faked scenes of mass migration.12 A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary, Cruel Camera, found the lemmings used for White Wilderness were flown from Hudson Bay to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where they did not jump off the cliff, but were in fact launched off the cliff using a turntable.13

    This same act was also used in the Apple Computer 1985 Super Bowl commercial “Lemmings” and the popular 1991 video game Lemmings, in which the player must stop the lemmings from mindlessly marching over cliffs or into traps. In a 2010 board game by GMT games, “Leaping Lemmings”, players must maneuver lemmings across a board while avoiding hazards, and successfully launch them off a cliff.

    Because of their association with this odd behavior, lemming “suicide” is a frequently used metaphor in reference to people who go along unquestioningly with popular opinion, with potentially dangerous or fatal consequences. This metaphor is seen many times in popular culture, such as in the video game Lemmings, and in episodes of Red Dwarf and Adult Swim’s show Robot Chicken. In the 9th episode of season 1 of Showtime’s The Borgias, the Pope’s second son Juan refers to the college of cardinals as lemmings when they flee the Vatican in anticipation of an impending French invasion. The Blink 182 song “Lemmings” also uses this metaphor, as does the unrelated song of the same name by English progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator (from their 1971 album Pawn Hearts), and the 1973 stage show National Lampoon’s Lemmings starring John Belushi and mocking post-Woodstock groupthink

  7. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, almost 4 years ago

    “… or maybe a couple of ostriches, who simply bury their heads in the sand.”

  8. burleigh2

    burleigh2 said, almost 4 years ago

    Wait… I thought they drove off a cliff. ;-)

  9. Blackwolff9

    Blackwolff9 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    This being “Rubes”, I’m surprised it hasn’t already.

  10. Eldrad

    Eldrad said, almost 4 years ago


    and I thought lemmings went off a cliff in droves.

  11. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, almost 4 years ago


    Yes, but Thelma & Louise were in a car!

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