The banishment of Speedy Gonzalez

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  1. SteveGon

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    Okay, I watch very little television so you'll have to forgive me for just now finding out about this. It seems that the Cartoon Network is refusing to air any Speedy Gonzalez cartoons using the excuse that he is a racist stereotype of Mexicans. Huh? I'm half-hispanic myself and have never thought of Speedy as that! In fact, he's my favorite of all the Looney Tunes characters! I hear that many fans, Mexicans included, are lobbying the Cartoon Network to return ol' Speedy to the air. Good for them! I understand the need to be sensitive to the feelings of others, but it really does get ridiculous sometimes. Any thoughts on this?
    Please be considerate with your replies. [​IMG]
     
  2. Leila Dougan

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    I completely agree with you. If the networks started pulling everything that maybe mildly offensive off the air, we'd have nothing left to watch.
     
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    Just goes to show how far this "political correctness" has gone. What a bunch of crap[​IMG]
     
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    Your kidding right!? [​IMG] My goodness gracious, what's next!?
    If I allowed myself to be influenced by cartoons, I would have bought everything I own from ACME, and tried to catapult myself everywhere I went, and jumped off of cliffs, suspended for a second before falling, and getting right back up again.
    These people really think that we are a bunch of children don't they!? [​IMG]
     
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    Has anyone actually confirmed this? I've heard it over and over on the 'net but I have yet to hear any proof. Just wondering. Half-truths have a way of making their way around the web very quickly.
     
  6. Ashley Seymour

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    I think that long ago they also changed The Tiajuana Toads from having a Mexican accent to a Hillybilly accent. I loved the toads and had the same concerns about the sillyness of the politically correct crowd.
     
  7. SteveGon

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    I didn't find out about this on the web - I heard about it on the radio. Apparently, the Cartoon Network is the only television station in the U.S. that has the rights to air Looney Tunes cartoons. Still, can any Cartoon Network junkies confirm this?
     
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    From FOX News:

    "But there is a place where Speedy can still be found regularly zipping across TV screens — and, presumably, where the crude stereotypes he embodies don't touch a cultural nerve.

    That place: The Cartoon Network Latin America, where, ironically enough, Speedy Gonzales is "hugely popular," (Cartoon Network spokesperson) Goldberg said."


    So why is Speedy not deemed offensive in Latin America?
     
  10. SteveGon

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    Leila, thanks for the links.
     
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    Malcolm, interesting point.

     
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    Slowpoke Rodriguez?? Maybe it's because "He carries a gun".

    When Sylvester picks him up, Slowpoke reaches in his shirt and takes out a large pistol.

    Maybe they should replace Elmer's shotgun with a cel phone?

    When Warner gives us those Looney Tune collections (uncut) I won't give two shakes about what Cartoon Network chooses to air or not to air.
     
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    Im afraid the "Frito bandito" suffered the same fate some years ago.

    I believe it was indeed a "hispanic sensitivity" group that applied the pressure to remove the bandito....and speedy.

    Aye yai yai yai, I am the Frito bandito

    I like Frito's corn chips I love them I do

    I want Frito's corn corn chip, I steal them from you.

    Mike
     
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    I remember about 10 years ago I was on vacation with a brother and friend in England. For kicks on a down evening we rented a Speedy Gonzales collection. Imagine my surprise when the little Mexican song he was singing ended with the words, perfectly articulated, "marijuanna par fumar" (translated: marijuanna for to smoke). I think we rewound that song about 10 times, not believing it. I'd love to sample that now, and I hoipe we get it uncut on DVD someday.
    I wonder if Quick Draw McGraw's little sidekick Babalouie suffers a similar fate. I always loved Quick Draw and Babalouie. Of course Quick Draw, the texas horse was the moron and Babalouie was the brains of the outfit. Someone's sure to be offended because he has a Mexican accent though.[​IMG]
     
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    The Sun Times article says it all: Hispanic people want Speedy because he is considered a winner. They do NOT consider him offensive. The Cartoon Network, on the other hand, will show whichever cartoons generate the most viewers and Speedy apparently isn't getting the ratings.
     
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