A columnist for The New York Times has published an op-ed that claims the Looney Tunes French skunk Pepe Le Pew ‘normalized rape culture.’
Charles M. Blow made his critical comments in an article titled ‘Six Seuss Books Bore a Bias’ published in the Grey Lady in the wake of news that certain beloved Dr. Suess children’s books were getting ‘cancelled’ for racist depictions.
In the article, Blow wrote: ‘Some of the first cartoons I can remember included Pepé Le Pew, who normalized rape culture; Speedy Gonzales, whose friends helped popularize the corrosive stereotype of the drunk and lethargic Mexicans; and Mammy Two Shoes, a heavyset Black maid who spoke in a heavy accent.’
Chappelle recounted watching Looney Tunes with his nephew and telling him to pay attention to Pepe Le Pew ‘because he’s funny.’
‘I’m like good God, what kind of f**king rapist is this guy? Take it easy! That dude [his nephew] was sitting there cracking up, like ‘see, sometimes you got to tap that p***y like Pepe”,’ Chappelle joked.
‘I had to turn the channel real quick and turn on Sesame Street.’
Some quickly sided with Blow, while others criticized the author for “reaching.” Check out some of the reactions below.
In his Wednesday piece, titled “Six Seuss Books Bore a Bias,” Blow references Le Pew in a series of comments about problematic cartoon characters before blasting six of Dr. Seuss’ books for their racist content. Blow writes that the skunk, made famous for his aggressive quest for love from Penelope Pussycat, “normalized rape culture.”
Following conservative backlash to the article with the usual cries about “cancel culture,” Blow went on Twitter to expand on his Pepe dig.
“RW blogs are mad bc I said Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture,” he tweeted. “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.”
Blow added that the character was indicative to young boys that non-consensual behavior towards women is simply “part of the game.”
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