dns sinkhole google fonts to speed up machine access

How do I sinkhole e.g. fonts.googleapis.com to speed up connectivty to htb boxen? Every time I go to .185 I wait many seconds for fonts.googleapis.com to time out. Can’t use /etc/hosts on my localhost to sinkhole, how can I make this annoyance go away?

The real problem is probably that you VPN client routes all traffic through the tunnel. At least, that’s what caused those slowdowns for me. It’s some kind of “weird default behavior” of the Gnome network manager to add that option to imported VPN connections.
Edit the connection’s properties, go to IPv4 → Routes and tick the “Use connection only for it’s own networks” (or something along the lines).