Soon after canceling Dr. Seuss, the classic cartoon character Pepé Le Pew’s head is subsequent on the chopping block.
The Looney Tunes character was dropped from the reside animation sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James.
In 1 scene, Pepe, the bartender, flirts with Greice Santo’s character by kissing her arm which she rejects with an open handed slap.
Pepe then tells James and Bugs Bunny that Penelope Pussycat filed a restraining order against him. James responds that the skunk can not go about kissing other cartoon characters without the need of their consent.
Deadline states Santo was “upset” more than the removal of the scene, according to her spokesperson.
“This was such a large deal for Greice to be in this film. Even although Pepe is a cartoon character, if anybody was going to slap a sexual harasser like him, Greice wished it would be her,” stated the spokesperson. “Now the scene is reduce, and she does not have that energy to influence the planet by way of younger generations who’ll be watching Space Jam two, to let younger girls and younger boys know that Pepe’s behavior is unacceptable,” the statement study.”
Deadline.com reports that the French skunk’s scenes had been reduce immediately after director Malcolm D. Lee took more than from the movie’s initial director Terence Nance.
Lee desexualized curvaceous Looney Tunes cartoon character Lola Bunny whose curves dominated scenes in the original Space Jam starring the g.o.a.t Michael Jordan.
Charles Blow, a columnist for the New York Occasions, complained on Twitter that Pepe was also overly amorous in old cartoons. He stated Pepe “normalized rape culture” and convinced boys that “no does not imply no.”
Blow shared an old cartoon clip on Twitter of Pepe forcibly restraining and kissing Penelope.
RW blogs are mad bc I stated Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture. Let’s see.
1. He grabs/kisses a girl/stranger, repeatedly, w/o consent and against her will.
two. She struggles mightily to get away from him, but he will not release her
three. He locks a door to avoid her from escaping. pic.twitter.com/CbLCldLwvR
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) March six, 2021