I’m not gonna scream from the rooftops how the so-called cancel culture has gone too far. At this point, you can barely scroll through Twitter for a minute straight without coming across a random user calling to cancel someone. It’s something we’re getting used to now.
However, in the latest episode of Who Are We Cancelling Today, the mob’s anger isn’t directed toward a person, but rather toward a fictional character. Remember Pepe Le Pew from Warner Bros. Looney Tunes? Yep, that popular French striped punk with a foul odor isn’t exactly on good terms with today’s netizens, and he might actually be on his way to oblivion thanks to The New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow who argued that the character helped normalize rape culture.
In a tweet that would, later on, blow up the internet, Blow enumerated reasons why Pepe Le Pew promoted rape culture. He wrote: “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.”
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
The American journalist added in a follow-up tweet that Pepe Le Pews’ aggressive ways in the cartoon show taught boys the mindset that a woman’s “no” didn’t mean no, and how overcoming their objections was normal.
Pepe Le Pew says bye Looney Tunes
Following Blow’s complaint and the waves of people agreeing with him, multiple reports claimed that Pepe Le Pew will no longer be appearing in any future Looney Tunes films, even in the upcoming Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James. An official report told by The Hollywood Reporter stated that “there are no current plans for the controversial cartoon skunk to return.” You read that right. Pepe Le Pew is… #cancelled. Erased from history. Gone. Forever.
In the wake of the Space Jam announcement, amused people on Twitter decided to poke fun at how a dated fictional character got yeeted out of society’s window and started the hashtag #CancelACartoonCharacter, wherein a user would pick a cartoon character and provide reasons why they’re also problematic and thus, should suffer the same fate as the poor fictional skunk. Here are the best entries we’ve seen so far.
— Echo Wave (@EchoWaveNetwork) March 9, 2021
— Bloody Pikatwo (@RegionRione) March 8, 2021
— Saarah (@Nicktoongrl) March 8, 2021
— duck named soph (@MissMegaduck) March 8, 2021
— Barny Shergold (@barnyshergold) March 8, 2021
Eugene H. Krabs faces charges of
Attempted Murder, Kidnap
Kidnapping and Torturing of Jellyfish
Impersonating a Police Officer
— 🦖GojiraGekirinVA🦖 (@GojiraGekirinVA) March 9, 2021
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