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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.

I am 30 years old and have found myself saying, ”Arriba, Arriba, Olé, Olé” many times throughout my life. The little guy is in me. I have a small stuffed version of him in the back window of my car as I fly through the Houston highways! . . .
AY caramba¡ The Cartoon Network just can’t seem to stay out of the line of fire in the culture wars. Last year it angered Bugs Bunny purists by omitting racially insensitive cartoons from what would have been a complete marathon broadcast of the Wascally Wabbit’s oeuvre.

Now it’s Speedy Gonzales fans who are hot as jalapeños — over the plucky Mexican mouse’s virtual absence from the cable network’s broadcasts. In an interesting twist, Hispanics are among those leading the criticism. The Web site, specializing in Latino news and entertainment, has posted articles taking the network to task for what many see as a cave-in to political correctness; the site also offers a link to a bring-back-the-mouse petition drive.
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.
Come on! What is America coming to? . . . I guess they’ll censor ”West Side Story” because they’ve offended us Puerto Ricans in Nueva York. Get a grip! . . . I say bring Speedy back and let those censored idiots eat frijoles!!
THIS is an Outrage. Viva la Mouse! Viva Speedy Gonzales!
What deee hell is all the rucus about. The leeettle mouse is one of the foniest mouses in all of Mejico. I have enjoyed the leeettle mouse and Slooowpoke for many yeeers. Now, weeee have Pokemon and his amigos. Weee need to bring back Speedy! . . .

The problem I have with this is that they are basically saying they know better than Hispanics do and telling them they should be offended by Speedy when in fact most are not.

Speedy Gonzales fans, led by Hispanics, protest absence of plucky Mexican mouse from Cartoon Network's television programming; cartoons; network cites ratings, not political correctness, but admits concern about negative stereotypes such as Speedy's lazy cousin Slowpoke Rodriguez (M)