The controversial skunk Pepe Le Pew won’t seem in any upcoming Warner Bros. initiatives. This comes after the information that Pepe Le Pew’s solely scene in Space Jam: A New Legacy was reduce by director Malcolm D. Lee who took over the venture from the earlier director Terence Nance. First launched to the Looney Tunes in 1945, Pepe Le Pew is a French striped skunk who’s incessantly on the pursuit of romance, though his insupportable odor and aggressive conduct always repel different characters.
The scene in query was reportedly a spoof of the 1942 basic Casablanca that options Pepe within the function of a bartender. The cartoon skunk begins by flirting with a girl performed by Jane the Virgin actress Greice Santo, however Pepe’s advances quickly change into threatening, together with him kissing her on the arm with out consent, resulting in the girl slapping Le Pew. In a while, Pepe admits that Penelope Pussycat has filed a restraining order in opposition to him, to which LeBron James reprimands him approximately touching others with out their consent. Santo publicly expressed her disappointment with the scene being reduce since she believed it had the ability to show younger viewers that Pepe’s conduct is unacceptable.
Now, after being reduce from the Space Jam sequel, it’s being reported that Pepe Le Pew just isn’t part of any present Warner Bros. initiatives and there aren’t any plans for him to return sooner or later, based on THR. This consists of the brand new Looney Tunes collection at the moment streaming on HBO Max and any future characteristic movies, successfully retiring Pepe Le Pew from the cartoon’s canon.
Whereas the choice to chop Pepe Le Pew from Space Jam: A New Legacy and scrub the cartoon skunk from all future initiatives was reportedly remodeled a yr in the past, the information has come to mild days after an opinion piece by Charles M. Blow printed within the New York Times accused Pepe Le Pew of getting “normalized rape tradition.” In his column, Blow additionally took intention at one other Looney Tunes character, Speedy Gonzalez, for having aged badly.
Resulting from this sequence of occasions, many speculated that the choice was made in response to the NYT column. Nevertheless, because the resolution was made by Warner Bros. greater than a yr in the past, the 2 occasions are literally unrelated. The remainder of the Looney Tunes minus Pepe Le Pew will be seen when Space Jam: A New Legacy releases on HBO Max and in theaters on July sixteenth.