(Thanks to Anthony Blampied for the tip-off.)
Strange things are afoot at the Internet Movie Database. .
Under the postings for Harpo, all references to his "gookie" face have become "*bleep*ie", thanks to the board's automatic censorship device.
'Gook', it would appear, is a well-known racial slur. I dare say it is. Just as 'Gookie' is a facial expression named after a New York cigar roller.
Okay, the censorship is automatic - but the user comments are not.
One says: "I guess some would call this excessive Political Correctness, but I wouldn't trade it for what people had to put up with in the Good Old Days."
The woman whose original post was censored has obligingly changed it from 'the infamous Gookie face' to 'the infamous Harpo face' - and apologised for offending anyone.
Odd, then, that the IMDB's own description of Harpo as possessed of "big, poofy, curly red hair" has managed to escape from the offenceometer unscathed.
I would have liked to have heard Groucho's views on this.