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.
TBS’ 2012 sitcom Sullivan and Son follows a young, cosmopolitan man of Asian and white descent who returns to his hometown to take over the family bar. The title seems to anticipate the surprise that viewers might experience once they realize that Sullivan’s son is not, in fact, of Irish descent but is indeed half-Asian. In addition to offering footage of the series, this trailer uses a documentary-style interview approach to showcase the actors discussing their opinions on the show.
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.
That’s Gay ws a recurring segment on Current TV’s satirical news show, infoMania, in which writer and performer Bryan Safi explored issues of gay representation in the news and popular media. In this episode, Safi explores the “gayngel” – an increasingly popular subcategory of the common “gay BFF” stereotype. In reality and scripted television and film alike, a “gayngel” is a gay character whose flamboyant behavior provides badly needed distraction or comic relief to the main characters, but whose personhood aside from that role appears to matter very little.
The Cosby Show was an NBC sitcom that ran from 1984-1992. Centering on the Huxtable family, it was praised for breaking traditional racial stereotypes, portraying African Americans who were educated and successful. In this clip, the Huxtables' daughter Vanessa is distraught because her friends at school think she is a rich girl.