According to the Polish American Guardian Society:
NBC-TV's ripping up a picture of the Polish Pope was DEFINITELY DONE DELIBERATELY by NBC-TV and was typical of the attempts by NBC-TV to bash Polish people, even if the person was a Polish pope.
As for the actual introduction of degrading "Polish jokes" into the US:
Right before NBC-TV INTRODUCED into the US Subhuman intelligence type Polish Jokes in the 1960s, NBC-TV boss George Schlatter said that WHATEVER ethnic group he puts into his "comedy" bits and is the target of degrading ethnic humor, the IMAGE OF THAT ETHNIC GROUP WILL BE DEGRADED IN THE EYES OF the millions of viewers who watch that show. Especially when its repeated over and over and over again.
After he launched shows such as "Laugh In", LO AND BEHOLD Subhuman intelligence Jokes about Polish people became "popular" with the American public. This is the POWER OF NATIONAL NETWORK TV AT ITS MOST MALICIOUS
In the 1970's, when the Polish American Guardian Society surveyed parts of the United States that HAD NO Polish people, interestingly they said they has low opinions of Polish people. The surveyor then said HOW CAN YOU HAVE A LOW OPINION OF POLISH AMERICANS if YOU DO NOT KNOW ANY??
The surveyed respondent would then say "OH ITS BECAUSE I SEE THOSE POLISH JOKES ON TV!!!!!"
In so many words the surveyed person continued and said:
"Polish people can't be intelligent if the TV SHOWS ME THAT NEGATIVE IMAGE OF POLISH PEOPLE"
Thus the Subhuman intelligence joke about Polish people was given birth on American soil in the 1960's, hatched in the production rooms of the anti-Polish bigots in NBC-TV/Hollywood studios.
Polish American Guardian Society says NBC-TV pushed anti-Polish Hate jokes for decades to malign Polish people
Many Polish Americans felt NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" broadcast of a picture of the Polish Pope being ripped up, symbolized NBC's decades of anti-Polish Hatred. The Polish American newspaper "Post Eagle" condemned it as blatant anti-Polish/Catholic Bigotry and Hatred typical of NBC's decades of slurs against Polish people and Catholics.
The producers of "Saturday Night Live" claimed they didn't know the Pope picture would be ripped up, but some say the Saturday Night Live producers DEFINITELY KNEW ahead a time the Polish pope picture would be ripped up and was meant as another one of NBC-TV's infamous "Polish jokes"
On October 3, 1992 NBC-TV displayed a picture of the Polish Pope being RIPPED UP. Many Polish Americans were not suprised this happened on NBC-TV.
CUTTING OFF THE HEAD OF POLAND by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union....and their attempts to make Nazi-Soviet propaganda about
"inferior intelligence Poles"/"Polish jokes" stereotype of Poles a "reality".
NAZI GERMANS AND SOVIETS MURDER POLAND'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST FIRST TO DESTROY POLAND'S ABILITY TO RESIST OCCUPATION AND MAKE
POLAND ONLY "INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO DO SLAVE LABOR" FOR ITS OCCUPIERS
Ironically, Left-wing Hollywood and the TV Networks (like NBC-TV) pushed these racist Polish “jokes” even though they claimed to hate Nazis. Hollywood and NBC-TV evidently hate Nazi propaganda but not when its applied to Poles. Hollywood and Network-TV (NBC) have a deep hatred for Anti-communist, Pro-American, Pro-Catholic Poland.
The recent movie “Katyn” shows the German Nazis and Soviets killing the educated Polish class in Poland in order to make Poland “intellectually inferior” and easier to rule. This was during the time Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia were collaborating with each other to destroy Poland as per their Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to destroy Poland together.
Polish jokes (in terms of Polish people having subhuman intelligence) did not predate the 20th Century since it was introduced in America by left-wing bigots in Hollywood and TV networks like NBC-TV in the late 1960’s and 1970’s with anti-Polish “shows” such as “Laugh In”
Up until the 1960's the jokes about Polish people were basically about Poles being stubborn, having thick accents. having hard to pronounce last names and eating too many kielbasas and pierogis. There wasn't an emphasis on Polish people having inferior intelligence. Other ethnic groups in the early 1900's were degraded with jokes about having inferior intelligence far worse then Polish people. The Irish were targeted with anti-Irish jokes constantly about how they only "had the minds of dogs" and "Irish and dogs need not apply" and "Irish think and look like white monkeys". Italians were targeted with anti-Italian jokes about how they "only had the intelligence to do crude low class work" and "were greaseballs with grease in their brains". Although there was some Hollywood/TV media afterwards that portrayed Irish and Italians along these lines, these OPINION MAKERS in Hollywood and the TV media didn't have a prejudice against Irish and Italians the way they had against Polish people.
As the book "Hollywood's War with Poland" has documented, Hollywood was filled with Soviet sympathizers that were gradually conditioning the American public to see Poland and Polish people as being "backward" and having inferior intelligence. This was meant to prompt little sympathy from the American public for Poland and all the hell went Poland went through under Nazi German occupation and then Soviet occupation.
Michael Preisler - Polish Christian Auschwitz prisoner #22213 - reported hearing and seeing Nazi German guards degrading Polish people with "Polish jokes".
"Polish jokes" in Nazi German Death Camps
Although there are still people in the US who say so called "Polish Jokes", they are mostly low class fringe Americans. Most Americans today.....especially public figures, apologize after telling a joke against Polish people, if they want to maintain their dignity and not look like a bigot
The FIRST VICTIMS of Auschwitz were approximately 200,000 Polish CHRISTIANS. The sign at Auschwitz "ARBEIT MACHT FREI" which means... "Work will make you free"... was meant as a Nazi German "Polish joke" to DEGRADE and RIDICULE the FIRST victims of Auschwitz who were of POLISH CHRISTIAN heritage.
Hitler Laughing at Nazi German subhuman intelligence jokes about Polish people
It has been a Hollywood and "American" TV MYTH that Hitler and his Nazi Germans had "No sense of humor". On the contrary, one of the reasons why most Germans loved Hitler was that he made them laugh.....at Jews, Polish people and other "enemies of the German people". Hitler in his speeches, made jokes/ethnic humor about Jewish people "Looking and Acting LIke Rats" and Polish people having "subhuman intelligence".