#5. Yosemite Sam Braces for Prison Rape
Warner Bros. has been making Looney Tunes cartoons since 1934, back when they played before movies in the theater instead of on Saturday mornings on television and were routinely seen by way more adults than children (and because it was the 1930s, the cartoons contained way more Nazis). So it's pretty much always been standard practice for the writers and animators to throw in jokes aimed specifically at the grown-ups in the audience.
This short was originally titled "Duck you, Hitler!"
The transition from movie theaters to children's television didn't compel Warner Bros. to stop sprinkling risque humor into the otherwise G-rated antics of Bugs Bunny, and we're not even talking about all the times that Bugs tricked Elmer Fudd into belching ruinous shotgun blasts into Daffy Duck's face.
For example, in the 1995 episode "Carrotblanca," Bugs manages to trick Yosemite Sam into locking himself in prison. As soon as Sam realizes his mistake, he turns around to discover that he is trapped in a cell with a Island of Dr. Moreau-era Marlon Brando lookalike wearing pink bunny slippers and a "nobody can hear you" grin.
"Yosemite? When we're done you're going to be Grand Canyon."
Yosemite Sam's cellmate is a bulbous commercial fisherman with an exposed midriff, a pink shower kit, and a singular desire to remind Yosemite Sam that there is but one bed in their shared dungeon. The scene lasts only for a second, but it isn't exactly bursting with subtlety -- Bugs Bunny has just sentenced Sam to be prison-raped by an impossibly beefy bunkmate for all eternity.
I wish I could tell you that Yosemite fought the good fight, and the animators let him be.
I wish I could tell you that, but prison is no fairy-tale world.
There is no other way that gag could possibly be interpreted, although it does manage to provide some context for Sam's general antagonism towards Bugs Bunny. This is something of a running gag in the world of cartoons, by the way. There's another prison rape reference in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. He shows his pet snail two bars of soap and with a wink warns him not to drop them:
It sounds like a nonsense warning (who cares if you drop a bar of soap?) unless you know it's a joke phrase used to warn people about getting raped in a prison shower. As in, "Don't drop the soap, because when you bend over to get it another inmate will shove his cock into your ass."
And speaking of cartoon references to anal penetration ...