Friday, September 07, 2007

Dora the Explorer, Unchained! Unleashed!

A former genius undergraduate in my Obscene Machine/Ethnic Mannequins undergraduate class at SDSU writes in to the Tex[t]-Mex Galleryblog with a cool, next-wave Dora the Explorer mutation viral youtube video! Here's the scoop:

Subject: Re: Speedy G Siting!!
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:58:04 -0400
From: Barbara

Here goes:

Hello Professor!

It seems that the use of our amigo Speedy Gonzales as a recognizable symbol for all things Mexican is still in full force. "Dora the Explorachola" looks like the perfect cartoon music video for our discussions of obscene and fascinating perceptions of race. In this case, the crude song even adds an uncanny element to innocent Dora and her little monkey friend. I could not help but think of our class as I watched Speedy G on the screen, displayed so matter-of-factly in this orgy of Mexican stereotypes.

Barbara Tolbert / Former e493 student

Here is the video:

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