Speedy Gonzalez, or Speedy, is a Mexican mouse that first appeared in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoon series in 1955. Speedy wears a traditional rural Mexican outfit consisting of an oversized yellow sombrero, white shirt and trousers, and a red kerchief, and speaks with an exaggerated Mexican accent. Known as “The Fastest Mouse in All of Mexico,” Speedy is famous for outrunning and outsmarting a variety of dumber, lazier cats and other foes – all with exaggerated Mexican accents and other stereotyped traits. In the episode Mexicali Schmoes, two cats try in vain to capture Speedy and his cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez. Speedy has been voiced by five different actors since 1953, each of whom is white. He will be voiced by George Lopez in an upcoming 2014 release, who is also producing the film. And for the record – “schmo” is a Yiddish word, popular in America, meaning a fool or a bore.
This clip is a TEDx talk by Lyn Mikel Brown, a Professor of Education at Colby College and founder of the non-profit groups Hardy Girls, Healthy Women and the SPARK movement. Mikel Brown argues that the concept of girl power – which originated in the Riot Grrrl feminist punk rock movement of the early 90s – has been co-opted by corporate media. She argues that media has appropriated feminism with politically weak versions of female empowerment, such as the Spice Girls, Sex and the City, and Bratz. Mikel Brown asks the question: “How do we empower girls when empowerment has been so co-opted by the media?” She goes onto discuss the work of Hardy Girls Healthy Women in their effort to inspire girl-led feminist media activism.
Teen Mom is a reality television show that first aired on MTV in 2009. It follows the lives of four teenage girls – who were originally featured on the show 16 and Pregnant – in the years following the birth of their children. The struggles of teen parenthood are portrayed by documenting their evolving and challenging relationships with family, the fathers of the children and other boys.
In this 1939 cartoon produced by Chevrolet, the hero Nicky Nome rescues a pauper from the “Valley of Jewels”. He takes him to the princess on a magic carpet, which then transforms itself into a new Chevrolet. Typical of many cartoons of the time, the ad portrays a host of stereotypical and caricatured depictions of the Arab world and Arab peoples.
In this commercial for Tide laundry detergent, a mom speaks directly to the audience while her young daughter is focused on playing with wooden blocks in the living room. Mom wishes that Tide was less effective at getting the stains out of her daughter’s clothing so that Mom would have an excuse to throw out her daughter’s “hoodies and cargo shorts.” The last frame of the commercial reads, “Style is an option. Clean is not.”