How would you feel if random (non-Hispanic) strangers imitated and exaggerated your grandparents’ accents?
This may not be a 1–1 comparison but I am of Italian ancestry. Super Mario is one of my favorite games. My fiancé (who is Latina) and I also love Luigi’s and RSR at DCA which exaggerated the Italian accents on my late grandparents who came to this country without knowing a lick of English.
My fiancé loves the tiki room and has never even thought about the exaggerated accent until we talked about it. She thinks it’s beneficial to have this representation in the parks even if it is a product of its time though she wouldn’t mind if Rosita, Josè, etc. were re-recorded she misses her dole whips more than anything (lol) and doesn’t particularly mind. Regardless her views are not monolithic and ultimately decisions cannot be dictated by one persons’ feelings.
We’re much more concerned about our aging parents contracting COVID right now but maybe when we have the luxury we’ll take another serious look at these apparent issues. Since apparently any cultural representation is presumed to be malicious in an era of woke “whitesplaining”.