PEPE LE PEW WAS NOT THE ONLY POINTED OUT
Journalist Charles M. Blow turned social media upside down with his column in the New York Times called ‘Six Seuss Books Bore a Bias’ in which he calls for the exorcise of racism from culture, especially culture. of the kids. In his text he dedicated a couple of lines to Pepé Le Pew and Speedy Gonzáles, characters from the Looney Tunes.
Charles M. Blow’s column went viral and there was a lot of news around the statements published by the New York Times journalist, especially when the second Space Jam movie is coming, which is supposed to have a participation of Pepé Le Pew and Speedy himself. Gonzales.
In his column, Charles M. Blow says: ‘Some of the earliest cartoons I can remember include Pepé Le Pew, who normalized rape culture; Speedy Gonzales, whose friends helped popularize the corrosive stereotype of drunk and lethargic Mexicans; and Mammy Two Shoes (by Tom and Jerry), a heavyset black maid who spoke with a heavy accent. ‘
While Charles M. Blow’s column is mainly focused on complaints about certain Dr. Seuss stories (Grinch, The Cat in the Hat and more), the conversation went viral due to his criticism of the characters of the Looney Tunes.
HOW WERE THE REACTIONS AROUND THE ‘CANCELLATION OF SPEEDY GONZALES?
As we mentioned before, the aforementioned column generated a lot of conversation on social media. While it is possible to find a general consensus in favor of Speedy Gonzales or that other forms of expression should also be canceled, it is difficult to assume that there is a generalized position, since Twitter does not give a real sample to all users.
Even the Mexican-American actor and comedian Gabriel Iglesias, who voices Speedy Gonzales in Space Jam A New Legacy, said on his social network that the culture of cancellation cannot reach him because ‘he is the fastest mouse of all México ‘, just as the character paraphrases in his cartoons.
Will Speedy Gonzáles and Pepé Le Pew disappear from Looney Tunes and Space Jam? We will be aware of this news that surely has already reached the ears of the executives of Warner Bros. Animation.