Baby Yoda GIFs must live


Did Disney insist on taking down GIFs of Baby Yoda? It looks that way. If so, it’s the stupidest move ever.

Baby Yoda (or at the very least, a baby that looks just like him) is a character in The Mandalorian, the new Star Wars series on Disney+. And he’s popular, because he’s funny-looking and cute. (Unlike the new Tesla pickup truck, which is just funny-looking.)

GIFs of Baby Yoda started disappearing from GIPHY, and therefore from sites that had embedded them. The rational explanation is that Disney, which is vigorous in its copyright enforcement, asked to take them down, although there is no proof of what actually happened. (Disney wouldn’t comment and GIPHY was vague.)

Here are some things that are true:

There’s only one thing I’m not sure of: Why is it so hard for companies to learn that draconian content actions, especially for content that’s novel and little-known, are counterproductive?

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    1. It fits so many boomers so well that it’s a well-deserved slur (and I say this as a boomer myself – born 1958 – too many of my generation want to stay stuck in the stagnant past instead of moving forward into the wide-open future).

      1. Sorry to hear about your experience. Sorrier to hear you are OK with an ageist slur.

        My experience has been different. I have found the best X and the worst Y in folks of all ages, sexes, colors, etc. Any way I slice it, I have found the best and the worst within each slice.

        Some younger folks are lazy and some are workhorses; some are balanced, some insane, etc.

        Outside of the comedy arena, I would not try to use slurs to describe any of them and would try to steer clear of the stereotypes, in general.