Gabriel Iglesias, the voice actor for the cartoon Speedy Gonzales in Space Jam: A New Legacy, is now defending the character against criticism.
Speedy Gonzales, a bilingual animated mouse who speaks with a Mexican accent and wears a sombrero, attracted widespread criticism in the wake of a New York Times article that discussed problematic things behind some children’s cartoons.
“Speedy Gonzales, whose friends helped popularise the corrosive stereotype of the drunk and lethargic Mexicans”.
Iglesias – who will voice the mouse in A New Legacy – took to Twitter to defend himself against the controversy.
“I am the voice of Speedy Gonzales in the new Space Jam. Does this mean they are gonna try to cancel Fluffy too? U can’t catch me cancel culture. I’m the fastest mouse in all of Mexico.”