|Dexter's Laboratory episode|
|Episode no.||Season 2
|Directed by||Rob Renzetti|
|Written by||Chong Lee
|Original air date||February 21, 1998
(World Animation Celebration)|
January 22, 2013 (online)
|Running time||7 minutes|
|List of Dexter's Laboratory episodes|
"Rude Removal" (also known as "Dexter's Rude Removal") is an episode segment of the animated television series Dexter's Laboratory. The episode was produced during the original run of Dexter's Lab, but Cartoon Network refused to let it air due to the characters swearing, even though the swear words were censored. Adult Swim acquired the episode and uploaded it on YouTube and Adult Swim Video on January 22, 2013, but it was removed shortly afterwards. After being uploaded on YouTube, it gained over 500,000 views within 24 hours.
Before its official premiere, the episode was screened during certain animation festivals. The title card for "Rude Removal" shows Dee Dee gesturing with her middle finger as well as Dexter mooning towards the audience. In the short, Dexter and Dee Dee are accidentally split into rude and polite clones of themselves. Thirteen words are censored, twelve spoken by rude Dee Dee and rude Dexter, and one uttered by normal Dexter at the end of the episode.
Dexter invents The Rude Removal System, a machine to remove the rudeness from his sister Dee Dee. However, Dee Dee thinks Dexter is the one who is rude, so they start fighting and wander into the machine. Inadvertently, the Rude Removal System is activated, splitting the pair into well-behaved and rude halves. This creates two evil, rude duplicates, who use profanity and harbor destructive tendencies. The evil clones proceed to insult their mother and destroy the house. Dexter and Dee Dee now have to stop their rude halves from causing trouble and consequently being punished by their Mom, who believes the actions of the evil clones were that of her children.
"Rude Removal" was produced during the second season of Dexter's Laboratory in 1997, but it never aired on television. It did see limited showing at certain animation festivals and conventions, including an event at the 1998 World Animation Celebration on February 21, 1998. Series creator Genndy Tartakovsky commented that "standards didn't like it." Linda Simensky, then-vice president of original programming for Cartoon Network, said "I still think it's very funny. It probably would air better late at night." Fred Seibert, president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons from 1992 to 1996, has attested to the existence of the short. After being asked about it on his Tumblr page, Calvin Wong, storyboard artist for Regular Show, said that Cartoon Network denied that it was in their media library.
Tartakovsky would sometimes show the cartoon when he spoke in public. One such showing occurred during a lecture given at the Rhode Island School of Design on November 15, 2008. He was asked about the episode during a Reddit AMA in October 2012, and he replied "Next time I do a public appearance I'll bring it with me!". Adult Swim later asked fans on Twitter if there was still any interest in the episode, and the response was "overwhelming". The episode was finally uploaded to YouTube and AdultSwim.com on January 22, 2013, but the video was eventually set to private.
Before the episode was officially released, someone made a forum post claiming to have seen an uncensored version of the episode at the San Diego Comic-Con. However, there has been no official confirmation from the production staff that such a version actually exists.
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