During the earlier half of the 20th century dark comedy featuring depression and suicide was popular. Some of the biggest stars of the big screen, such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, had done segments featuring such cataclysmic scenarios, all in the name of entertainment. Walt Disney just happened to also be a fan of the genre, and asked his comic strip writer, Floyd Gottfredson, to write a dark episode. What Disney requested was for Minnie to fall in love with another mouse, and for Mickey to feel utterly dejected. Over the rest of the week the strip was to show Mickey trying, and failing to kill himself.
For some reason, perhaps the more relaxed time in which it was published, not a single person thought that there could be a problem with a strip like this. Not Disney, the cartoonist or the newspaper editor seemed to think for a moment that they could be encouraging the youth to copy what they were reading.
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