The cartoon character Pepé Le Pew is not seen in the film Space Jam 2. Hollywood journalist reports Monday that the French-accented skunk, according to critics, is normalizing sexually transgressive behavior.
The noise around the character arose after The New York Times last Sunday opinion piece about problematic cartoon characters.
The play was inspired by the news that six books by well-known children’s author Dr. Seuss will no longer be released because some characters are portrayed racistically.
The opinion piece not only mentioned Pepé Le Pew, but also the character Speedy Gonzales. In the series on “Mexico’s fastest mouse,” Mexicans are often portrayed drunk and lazy.
Warner Bros., that Space Jam 2 release, go Hollywood journalist be aware that a few years ago it was decided not to include the skunk in the film. However, the film company has not commented on this before and now does not say why Pepé Le Pew was deleted.
Space Jam 2 is the successor of Space jam (1996), in which basketball legend Michael Jordan takes on aliens alongside cartoon characters from Looney Tunes. In the sequel, basketball player LeBron James plays the lead role.
The film will be released in the United States in July.