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The Scandalous Story Behind The REAL Betty Boop Will Blow You Away

by Emerald Pellot

After the trial had gone on for two years, Max Fleischer managed to locate a 1928 sound film of Baby Esther’s performance “boop-a-doops” and all. The case was finally put to rest, Baby Esther’s legacy was restored and Helen Kane’s theft was exposed.

After the trial had gone on for two years, Max Fleischer managed to locate a 1928 sound film of Baby Esther’s performance “boop-a-doops” and all. The case was finally put to rest, Baby Esther’s legacy was restored and Helen Kane’s theft was exposed.

Judge Edward J. McGoldrick ruled, “The plaintiff has failed to sustain either cause of action by proof of sufficient probative force,” and that in his opinion the “baby” singing style did not originate with Kane. He also found that Kane did not create Betty Boop’s appearance, as the cartoon closely resembled another star of the era named Clara Bow (pictured below).

Judge Edward J. McGoldrick ruled, “The plaintiff has failed to sustain either cause of action by proof of sufficient probative force,” and that in his opinion the “baby” singing style did not originate with Kane. He also found that Kane did not create Betty Boop’s appearance, as the cartoon closely resembled another star of the era named Clara Bow (pictured below).

So does this mean Betty Boop is black? No, of course not — but she was, in part, inspired by the musical style of a black artist. All it means is that it's important to give artists the credit that they deserve. You can try to rewrite history like Helen Kane, but the truth will always come out!

So does this mean Betty Boop is black? No, of course not — but she was, in part, inspired by the musical style of a black artist. All it means is that it's important to give artists the credit that they deserve. You can try to rewrite history like Helen Kane, but the truth will always come out!