Quick question for those who are so offended by the sombrero. Did you all know that in parts of the US, ranch hands and cowboys wear both "cowboy hats" and sombreros? The sombrero is a distinctive hat from Mexico but it is not an anachronism, they are still worn by many people (and not just those of Mexican descent) in their day-to-day working lives.
The sombrero itself isn't the offensive part - it's that in combination with the guy sleeping, in combination with the stereotype of Mexicans being lazy, in combination of the whole "holiday" being more of an American excuse to booze up than a Mexican thing anyway. Just like many Irish-Americans are offended by the "Everyone's Irish today!" and the emphasis on green beer during St. Patrick's Day, or how some African-Americans are offended by depictions of black people being simpletons who talk unintelligibly and eat too much fried chicken and watermelon. None of those individual traits would be offensive if they didn't have the weight of real (and detrimental) cultural stereotypes backing them. They also wouldn't be as bad if they were balanced by an equal number of images showing the opposite traits - hardworking Mexicans, teetotaling Irish, educated and erudite African-Americans. Sure, we can point to individual examples of any of those, but the weight of American culture still comes down heavily on the side of the stereotypes, and there's nothing wrong with calling attention when those stereotypes are thrown around without thinking.
Entirely innocent question here - I come from another country and any racism here is directed towards different cultures so I'm curious. Every time I see a Latin American person portrayed in the US media they are either a fast-talking, beautiful and feisty woman, illegally crossing the border, or a member of domestic staff. Poor stereotypes in their own right, but I genuinely have never seen a 'lazy Mexican' stereotype, except maybe in 50 year old Speedy Gonazales (sp?) cartoons. Is it really a big problem and just hidden in the media due to political correctness?
I have the same question and I live in the US. Also, when I think of Speedy Gonazales cartoons, I think that there is Speedy, the normal speed mice, and then Sylvester the cat (same one from Tweety cartoons). Maybe I'm remembering through kid glasses and there are hidden stereotypes that I never saw?
I have, recently, watched some Bugs Bunny cartoons and going "...I was allowed to watch this?". However, you can easily see the stereotypes and how they make fun of them in those (Southerners, hunters, and so on). Plus, the violence. I know it's cartoon violence, but those cartoons were violent back then. They would be so much uproar if they tried to release those type of cartoons today. Or they would be on Adult Swim or something.