Hard on the heels of the cancellation of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, a New York Times columnist is taking aim at Pepe le Pew.
The amorous animated skunk was featured in dozens of Warner Brothers cartoons. In a case of mistaken identity, he was always pursing a cat that looked like a skunk.
Times columnist Charles M. Blow claims the skunk “normalized rape culture.”
“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,” Blow wrote. — Source
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