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Monday, September 13, 2004

Random thought

While rifling through my new desk at work, I found a plastic candy dispenser in the shape of an offensive racist stereotype.

Am I the only person disturbed by this? Was it wrong to eat a piece of the delicious Pez candy anyway? If those candies were bought at a reduced rate from Canada, does that mean they have terrorist cooties on them?

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of Mexicans seem to like Speedy Gonzalez. Slowpoke Rodriguez, however, I am less likely to defend ;)

-Anne
(I'm not seriously saying that all Mexicans like Speedy, btw)

9/13/2004

 
Blogger Earnest said...

No need to be distressed about the candy. Speedy Gonzalez is actually the Cartoon Network's most popular cartoon in Mexico-- it's only in America that Speedy Gonzales has been banned from The Cartoon Network. Of course, it was also Ted Turner's network's that banned the use of the word "foreign," replacing it with "international," leading WCW wrestling announcers, at one point, to refer to foreign objects as "international objects." Blasted paternalism.

9/13/2004

 
Blogger Amanda said...

That all sounds like urban legend to me, sorry.

9/13/2004

 
Blogger Earnest said...

On Speedy Gonzales Obviously just part of the story.

In fairness, the "international object" may have been a tongue-in-cheek usage. I still remember this era (including weird regulations like "no jumping from the top rope"), but I don't recall the use of the word "international object".

9/13/2004

 
Blogger Amanda said...

Sorry, still don't believe there's an outpouring of affection for the character. It's not a subject that comes up alot, but I've heard plenty of hostile comments from Hispanics in my time about it.
But what do I know? Hell, in El Paso you still occasionally see a lawn ornament in the shape of a lazy, barefoot Mexican napping under his sombrero. Are they trying to be offensive? Probably, but they may just think it's cute.

9/13/2004

 
Blogger Earnest said...

From the April 7, 2002, NYTimes:

"...Laurie Goldberg, a network spokeswoman, conceded, however, that part of the audience appeal problem is the toons' negative stereotypes -- like Speedy's lazy cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez -- and their depictions of drinking and smoking, clear parent turnoffs.

Yet many Hispanics view Speedy as a positive ethnic reflection because he always outsmarts the "greengo" cat Sylvester, says Virginia Cueto, associate editor of the Florida-based HispanicOnline, who has been covering the issue for the English-language site.

Noting that Cartoon Network International still shows Speedy regularly in Latin American nations, Ms. Cueto said the network's main concern in the United States "seems to be what non-Latinos would get from watching these cartoons," as if Hispanic preferences here don't matter."

9/13/2004

 
Blogger Amanda said...

Hey, I just call 'em as I see 'em. I don't think that I speak for all Hispanics by any stretch, but I do know that more than a few are made at least a bit nervous by ol' Speedy.
By the way, I was riffing on my own hyper-sensitive liberalness. Joke, my friend, joke.

9/13/2004

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I just don't remember the show. What do these people you mention find offensive?

"Hey sexy lady! Wanna kill all humans?"

--Omar

9/13/2004

 
Blogger Trish said...

Remember those tasteless jokes about the Nicole Simpson Pez dispenser that went around during the O. J. trial? You just reminded me of it.

9/14/2004

 
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