Pepé Le Pew, the aggressively lusty pseudo-French skunk, is being locked away. The Looney Tunes character has been removed from the upcoming feature Space Jam: A New Legacy and Warner Bros. has no plans to use him in future projects.
The news came days after New York Times contributor Charles M. Blow renewed controversy around the character, in first a column then a tweet. Blow wrote that “Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture,” channeling longstanding unease about Pepé’s insistent pursuit of female characters he repels.
RW blogs are mad bc I said 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.
2. She struggles mightily to get away from him, but he won’t release her
3. He locks a door to prevent her from escaping. pic.twitter.com/CbLCldLwvR
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) March 6, 2021