Problematic Pepé Le Pew Character Cut From ‘Space Jam 2’

Uh oh, get ready to start hearing about Pepé Le Pew being canceled! The malodorous Looney Tunes skunk was always problematic. We were just too young to notice or care. But he’s known basically for just one thing, and that’s his dogged romantic pursuit of Penelope Pussycat, and refusal to take “no” for an answer. While we may have been able to ignore that back in the day, now it’s really not a good look.

Following on news that Space Jam: A New Legacy has tweaked Lola Bunny’s look to make her less sexualized, we’re also learning from THR that a scene involving Pepe Le Pew has been cut. This follow, quite coincidentally, after opinion writer Charles M. Blow wrote a piece saying the character helped too “normalize rape culture.” Here is his tweet recapping the angry response to that piece by “conservatives”…

I mean, pretty hard to argue with him there.

It’s worth noting that the decision to cut Le Pew was made over a year ago. According to Deadline, that scene would have found him as a bartender opposite Jane the Virgin actress Greice Santo, and Le Pew would’ve started making his usual advances. However, she would turn the tables on him, ending with him soaking wet, slapped in the face, and spun into a cartoonish whirlwind.

In short, Le Pew would’ve finally gotten his comeuppance.

So yeah, you can expect that some will start adding Le Pew to the”canceled” list along with Gina Carano, Dr. Seuss, and Mr. Potatohead.





Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.