Space Jam 2 actor Gabriel Iglesias has hit out at cancel culture and staunchly defended Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales amid racial stereotyping claims.
The New York Times columnist Charles M Blow claimed that the cartoon French skunk "added to rape culture."
And the 50-year-old American also made a bold claim that Speedy's friends "helped popularize the corrosive stereotype of the drunk and lethargic Mexicans."
However, it would seem that Speedy will still make an appearance in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
That's according to Iglesias, who will voice 'The Fastest Mouse in all Mexico' during the Tune Squad's reunion in the upcoming sequel.
The 44-year-old American comedian, who is of Mexican heritage, insisted that cancel culture "can't catch me."
Iglesias, AKA 'Fluffy,' tweeted: "I am the voice of Speedy Gonzales in the new Space Jam.
"Does this mean they are gonna try to cancel Fluffy too? U [sic] can't catch me cancel culture. I'm the fastest mouse in all of Mexico."
A New Legacy director Malcolm Lee defended the cartoon bunny's physique as he said it is 2021 and it was "important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters."
Golf star Paige Spiranac recently hit out at Lee over the change to Lola's physical appearance, saying what the "director decided to do was take away all of her femininity."
James will team up with the iconic Tune Squad as they prepare for a basketball showdown with the formidable Goon Squad.
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