In recent weeks we’ve seen a proliferation of rumors spreading online and across social media regarding the origin of our beloved Betty Boop. We are committed to addressing these rumors, as well as engaging in the very important conversations about race and social and cultural inequity and inequality that are happening right now. As part of this effort, we’ve posted an article on our website exploring and honoring the many talented artists and art forms that came together to inform and inspire the creation of Betty Boop, as well as the complex cultural landscape of New York City in the 1920s and 1930s.
We know that there is conflicting information out there right now, so we have made every effort to share documents and accurate information that will clarify and focus the discussion of Betty’s creation, history and legacy. Betty is and always has been a character whose commitment to love and kindness, independence, mutual respect and universal acceptance embodies the best in all of us. She’s a champion of empowerment and an ambassador of goodwill and joy. It’s in this spirit that we share this bit of her fascinating history. We hope you’ll read it, share it, and enjoy it. This article marks the beginning of an important discussion, and we welcome your thoughts, feedback and questions. READ THE ARTICLE HERE.