Deadline reported on Sunday that the cartoon skunk, who was introduced in 1945, will not appear in Warner Bros. TV’s upcoming “Space Jam: A New Legacy” film. Pepe Le Pew isn’t just getting benched for that upcoming feature; The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that the character wouldn’t show up in any of the company’s other upcoming projects.
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The Pepe reports surfaced several days after New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote an article criticizing racism and other issues in children’s media. Blow argued that Pepe Le Pew, who is featured in a variety of old cartoons aggressively kissing and grabbing female characters against their will, “normalized rape culture.” Blow