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John Pannozzi

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« on: 09-22-2004 16:29 »

Does anyone have a clue as to what Leela's ethnicity is? I think she may be partly Jewish because her mother has a sterotypical New Yorkian Jewish accent.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #1 on: 09-22-2004 16:32 »

She's white.

Next victim.
Nerd-o-rama

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« Reply #2 on: 09-22-2004 16:51 »

Her parents do seem to be Eastern European/Jewish by their accents and to some degree their names (Morris, especially.)  Not like it matters, though, cause they're MUTANTS!  There's your ethnicity.

I vote for Polish-Hebrew, in honor of my roommate and based on Morris's drinking habits.
Squeaky

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« Reply #3 on: 09-24-2004 02:05 »

What catagory do people with 1 freakishly large eye fall under in terms of ethnic background?

I'm going with what N-O-R said, Polish-Hebrew.
Venus

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« Reply #4 on: 09-24-2004 02:18 »
« Last Edit on: 09-24-2004 02:18 »

The name Morris is latin not polish. At least that's what the baby name website said.

personally i always figured the Turangas were a little on the Irish side. For their apparent ability to hold their liquer, and Leela's fiery temper. Plus i figured the purple hair may be a mutation of the red hair gene.
Col. Klink

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« Reply #5 on: 09-24-2004 03:44 »

Leela with Red hair?

Wait, isnt Red hair A scottish trait? The only way you could be A red headed Irishman is if you really hated yourself. Or you're an Ulster.
David A

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« Reply #6 on: 09-24-2004 07:24 »

 
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Originally posted by Nerd-o-rama:
Not like it matters, though, cause they're MUTANTS!  There's your ethnicity.

That's not an ethnicity.  Just look at the X-Men.

 
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Originally posted by Venus:
personally i always figured the Turangas were a little on the Irish side. For their apparent ability to hold their liquer, and Leela's fiery temper.

Stereotyping.  How cute.

 
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Originally posted by Col. Klink:
Wait, isnt Red hair A scottish trait? The only way you could be A red headed Irishman is if you really hated yourself.

The Scots originally migrated to what is now Scotland from Ireland.  I doubt that they took all of the genes for red hair with them when they left.

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Venus

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« Reply #7 on: 09-24-2004 07:50 »

 
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Originally posted by David A:
 Stereotyping. How cute.


I'm allowed. I'm part Irish.
Shaucker

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« Reply #8 on: 09-24-2004 07:59 »

Forget first names. "Turanga" is of Sanscrit origin, and "Leela" has varients all through India and Eurasia
David A

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« Reply #9 on: 09-24-2004 08:36 »

 
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Originally posted by Venus:
I'm part Irish.

[Homer]So am I, but I don't get all huffy about it.[/Homer]
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #10 on: 09-24-2004 09:33 »

You're all way off. She's clearly an Eskimo.
VoVat

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« Reply #11 on: 09-24-2004 22:09 »

 
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Originally posted by Nerd-o-rama:
Not like it matters, though, cause they're MUTANTS! There's your ethnicity.
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That's not an ethnicity. Just look at the X-Men.

The sewer mutants do have their own culture, though, so maybe it's become sort of an ethnicity.
David A

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« Reply #12 on: 09-25-2004 05:48 »

1. Ethnicity and culture are not the same thing.

2. Leela wasn't raised in the sewers, so she really isn't part of their culture.
Evil Abe

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« Reply #13 on: 09-25-2004 22:13 »
« Last Edit on: 09-25-2004 22:13 »

 If the mutants did exist in the sewers for a long enough period of time they could have become a distinct ethnic group.  For what ethnic group Leela is in we could identify I have no clue other than Caucasian.
Local Jerseyan

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« Reply #14 on: 09-27-2004 12:23 »

Names have nothing to do with your ethnicity. I'm Cuban, and my names are (respectively) French, I'll say Hispanic (only in pronunciation), and some kind of Polish Jewish thing... that's still a little out there. But I think I made a point: Many Cubans have French names.

So that aside, I don't see the mutants as being an ethnic group. They're people from every ethinicity who were ostracized from society because of these mutations. Even if you could define them as a group of people with their customs and whatnot, they're all still Irish, Japanese, Spanish, French, American, the whole lot. That's my view, anyway.

As for Leela, no idea. It's not like Amy who's Chinese (g'uh!) and Fry who IMO is Irish. So, *shrug*.
CrazyDoc

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« Reply #15 on: 09-28-2004 08:13 »
« Last Edit on: 09-28-2004 08:13 »

I'd say Fry is of English descent. The name 'Fry' I think is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and according to Fry's dad the Fry family has been in America since the Revolutionary War, when the vast majority of the inhabitants were English. I suppose he could have Irish blood from his mother's side though. Farnsworth also sounds like a very English surname to me.

Zapp Brannigan is most likely the resident Irish-American. I'm pretty sure Brannigan is an Irish name (I have relatives from Ireland...)
David A

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« Reply #16 on: 09-28-2004 09:06 »
« Last Edit on: 09-28-2004 09:06 »

 
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Originally posted by CrazyDoc:
I suppose he could have Irish blood from his mother's side though.

What mother's side?  He's his own grandpa.  All that his mother's genes did was somehow cancel out any genes passed down through his father from Grandma Mildred, so that he could end up with the same exact genetic code as his grandfather (i.e. himself).  *head explodes*

 
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I'm pretty sure Brannigan is an Irish name

Sounds like one.  After all, "Brannigan Begin Again" is a play on "Finnegan Begin Again".

Anyway, Leela, like many Americans, is probably of mixed European descent.  There's nothing wrong with being a mutt.  Leela's mom does seem an awful lot like a stereotypical Jewish mother, though.
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #17 on: 09-29-2004 16:13 »

Leela's ethnicity is a mutant!  I don't think she's Jewish, Irish, Polish, or any of those.  I just think she's a mutant, the most least deformed one at that.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #18 on: 09-29-2004 21:10 »
« Last Edit on: 09-29-2004 21:10 »

Well she had to be something before she got mutated. Humans aren't just born mutants these days, if you trace her ancestry way back it will bring us to a normal looking human.

Also...most least deformed? Can I take a smoke of your crack pipe?
Jicannon

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« Reply #19 on: 09-29-2004 22:07 »

 laff most least deformed, that's classic  laff

"Mutant" isn't really an ethnicity anyway....any race can mutate and they'd still belong to whichever race they were born into, only mutated.
Philp_J_Fry

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« Reply #20 on: 09-29-2004 22:28 »

 
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Originally posted by KurtPikachu2001:
Leela's ethnicity is a mutant! I don't think she's Jewish, Irish, Polish, or any of those. I just think she's a mutant

Mutant is not an ethnicity.

 
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Originally posted by KurtPikachu2001:
the most least deformed one at that.
  laff   no no
Evil Abe

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« Reply #21 on: 09-29-2004 23:40 »

I think that mutant could be an ethnicity.  It all depends how long they were in the sewers.  If it was one generation no, but if has been several generations and no new individuals joined the group then yes. 
evan

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« Reply #22 on: 09-30-2004 02:58 »

 
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Originally posted by Jicannon:

"Mutant" isn't really an ethnicity anyway....any race can mutate and they'd still belong to whichever race they were born into, only mutated.

It could be.  Think about it like this:  those original mutants that were banished to the sewers were probably of numerous ethnic backgrounds.  When they settled in the sewers, there was a limited amount of people to breed with.  After dozens of years (or hundreds, we don't know how long mutants have lived in the sewers), the breeding process would remove most ethnic identities.  That's why all the mutants have that beige-ish skin coloring - the constant genetic mixing turned them into a new ethnic group, different from the surface ones.

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Venus

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« Reply #23 on: 09-30-2004 04:16 »

Leela's parents aren't beige. Leela has Munda's skin tone.
Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #24 on: 09-30-2004 11:54 »

I think that the colour might be because of their grimy conditions, as well as mutations.
David A

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« Reply #25 on: 09-30-2004 12:27 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
After dozens of years (or hundreds, we don't know how long mutants have lived in the sewers), the breeding process would remove most ethnic identities.

That sort of thing would take a lot longer than that, I think.  Also, you're assuming that new individuals aren't being sent down into the sewers.  I'm sure that new mutants are forced into the sewers whenever they show up.  Sally will probably be sent down once she's an adult.
Evil Abe

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« Reply #26 on: 10-01-2004 00:12 »

That is the entire point we don't know the origin of the mutants and if new mutants are sent to the sewers.  They were initally an urban legend.  I bet there would have been episode about this if the show went on. 
evan

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« Reply #27 on: 10-01-2004 00:33 »

I don't think that many new mutants would be born if those already with the mutant gene were shuttled off into the sewers.  Sure, there may be a few, but the majority of mutants probably already exist in the sewers (those that remain on Earth).  After a few hundred years, it's possible that the mutants become a self-centerd ethnicity of their own.
David A

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« Reply #28 on: 10-01-2004 09:12 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
I don't think that many new mutants would be born if those already with the mutant gene were shuttled off into the sewers.

Why not?  Where did the first mutants come from?

Also, "the mutant gene"?  Maybe you need to look up the word mutation.  The mutants are as different from one another as they are from "normal" humans.
SORF

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« Reply #29 on: 09-27-2005 19:58 »

ATTACK OF THE EVIL BUMPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
in the russian revoltion 1 of the tsars kids got out alive. he was nammed SpammyMcSpamm (the Spammer from greater Spamoria).
He escaped and lived for awhile in Warsaw. then SpammyMcSpamm (the Spammer from greater Spamoria)was too dumb too notice Hitler coming and at the last minute used his time machine too go back too ancient times. there he met some jerk who was writing a fictional story called "the Bible". then realising his god didn't exist he converted to Juadism. then went back to his time and moved to new mexico. in 1947 SpammyMcSpamm (the Spammer from greater Spamoria) was stationed at roswell, was so desperate he did it with the Mildred. he kept the baby. then SpammyMcSpamm (the Spammer from greater Spamoria) died in 1999. his kid later had an afair with Kissinger. the kid was male and wanderd to the sewers. he then came up slightly muated in 2009. he was frozen and had a kid with Hatties great ancestor in 2903.the child went to the sewer married a male mutant, and then do to massive mutant incest. that childs desednents married (Morris and Mundy) the rest tells itself..........

FREEZE! Superfly agent of the F.S.B!

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The 11th Commandment
Benders_Fan

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« Reply #30 on: 09-27-2005 20:43 »

I have no idea.
futz
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« Reply #31 on: 09-27-2005 20:44 »

I tend to think she's Jewish but there isn't anything to say she isn't really alien either. Perhaps Morris and Munda or their parents were marooned here much like the Coneheads. Seems odd that they are both cyclopses but aren't related. Always seemed odd that weird aliens can walk the streets but not earthly mutants. The storyline turned 180 degrees before and it could go in any direction from there. Perhaps they're really mutated decapodians from their early days of genetic engineering.
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« Reply #32 on: 09-27-2005 22:26 »

Leela is a sophisticated New New Yorker - she was born a mutant - the mutants were once regular people that were exposed to toxic waste, radioactive runoff and good ol' American Feces (God Bless America!).  So to live in the NNY sewers, one would guess that the mutants were once NNY'ers, thus they are probably Americans.  Leela then is a Hienz 57 - a mutt.  In other words, a red blooded, single-eyed purple-hair American!
futz
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« Reply #33 on: 09-27-2005 22:54 »

A one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people-eater?
Ralph Snart

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« Reply #34 on: 09-29-2005 07:09 »

Now we know that Leela doesn't have a horn and she can't fly (without a ship, of course).
Spy

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« Reply #35 on: 09-29-2005 07:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Venus:
The name Morris is latin not polish. At least that's what the baby name website said.

personally i always figured the Turangas were a little on the Irish side. For their apparent ability to hold their liquer, and Leela's fiery temper. Plus i figured the purple hair may be a mutation of the red hair gene.

You mean Leela's. Turanga is her first name.

Venus

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« Reply #36 on: 09-29-2005 09:56 »

No it's not. Their family name comes first. So it's Turana Morris, Turanga Munda, and Turanga Leela.
PumaGirl

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« Reply #37 on: 09-29-2005 12:13 »

Ethnicity? Leela is a mutant alright.
Ralph Snart

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« Reply #38 on: 09-29-2005 12:51 »

Hey, I'm 1/4 Cherokee Indian, 1/4 German and 1/2 American mutt that was born in Marietta, GA.  So what does that make me?  I call myself an American; not a Native American, not a Southener.  American is my ethnicity.  I dare say that Leela is an American Mutant.
TwistedMetalKat

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« Reply #39 on: 10-02-2005 14:45 »

American is NOT an ethnicity. You can be born in India, live there for 20 years, settle in America (legally) and be considered an American. Therefore, an 'American' is not a refined ethnicity.
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