Another interesting title in the Bunty Summer Special is Lydia and the Little People, which, again, re-enforces not only gender roles, but social stereotyping as well. The story is a sort of bastardisation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, with Lydia being captured by leprechauns and made to be their slave, cooking and cleaning for them. Despite being called “Little People” there’s no sign of women in this patriarchal society and Lydia is driven to be their skivvy, while constantly trying to find away to escape their world. The leprechauns all speak in a faux “Oirish” accent telling Lydia, “It never rains down here, so we always hold our parties in the street, so we do.” Before forcing here to scrub the street clean.
The Little People spend their days getting drunk and partying in the streets, while Lydia caters to their every whim. Begorrah! Now, where’s me shillelagh? That woman’s askin’ fer a beatin'. It’s not in the least bit racist or sexist, to be sure.
"Wake up" - Rage Against the Machine