When I was growing up we had higher animation standards. Sure we had the dirty, lanky, inbred looking Shaggy and the frumpy, nerdy, clumsy Velma from Scooby Doo, but their physical shortcomings were offset by Fred's suave good looks and white sweater and scarf and Daphne's stunning beauty. Zoinks! See exhibit A. Why can't cartoons today counter balance the ugliness of their characters and give equal time to attractive characters? Because ugly is now the in look.
Since The Simpsons is funny I can forgive their less than stellar looks, but I have to put my foot down when other shows try this too. Some of the ugliest animated characters can be found on the following shows: The Family Guy, Rugrats, King of the Hill, Sponge Bob, and Beavis and Butthead. Take a look for yourself.
Many kids today may be unhealthy and have short attentions spans but at least they don't have to worry about body image issues if they keep watching cartoons featuring such butt ugly characters. I guess that's good news for me too since I no longer have to compare myself to Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, or George Clooney. I can now feel confident about my looks as long as I am comparing myself to Beavis and Butthead.