Let’s hope he’s squeaky clean! New voice of Speedy Gonzales for Space Jam boasts cancel culture will NEVER catch him after NYTimes report slammed old Looney Tunes cartoons for racial stereotypes
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is defending his turn as Speedy Gonzales while taking aim at ‘cancel culture.’
Iglesias is providing the voice for Speedy Gonzales, a well-known Looney Tunes character, in the upcoming movie Space Jam: A New Legacy.
The Looney Tunes have drawn the ire of some in recent days, however, after Charles Blow wrote an opinion column examining stereotypes in cartoon characters for the New York Times.
In the column, Blow made specific mention of Speedy Gonzales, saying the character’s ‘friends helped popularize the corrosive stereotype of the drunk and lethargic Mexicans.’
Iglesias, an American of Mexican heritage, jumped on Twitter, seemingly in response to the opinion column to call out critics.
There is precedent for controversy regarding the character’s depiction, as Cartoon Network kept films featuring the character off air for years after acquiring the rights to broadcast them in 1999.
Latino fans of Speedy also pushed back on Twitter.
Other people also weighed in on the controversy.
“I think most Latin people love Speedy Gonzalez, which is a pretty good argument that he shouldn’t be ‘canceled,’” wrote director James Gunn. “But Pepe le Pew, to me at least, is offensive because of the way he treats that cat.”
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