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Why cartoon skunk Pepé Le Pew got canceled from new ‘Space Jam’ movie (video)

LeBron James (Photo credit: Laud A. Okoh of Snap at You Photography)

The seemingly all-powerful cancel culture has successfully terminated a cartoon character.

We’re not just talking about any cartoon character, however. The animated personality that was eliminated from LeBron James’ upcoming Space Jam: A New Legacy is none other than Pepé Le Pew, the love-struck skunk from the Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes heyday.

On the surface, many believe this is overreaching and a case of political correctness on steroids to banish a cartoon character. But take a look at the justification from a New York Times reporter and commentary from comedic superstar Dave Chappelle. Both believe that Pepé promotes rape culture by repeatedly grabbing his love interest, holding her against her will and trying to kiss her despite her obvious objections.

Chapelle, one of the nation’s premier jokesters, admitted that he used to watch Pepé Le Pew as a child and found him funny and endearing. But as an adult, Chappelle says “what kind of f—ing rapist is this guy?”

Le Pew was going to appear in a scene reminiscent of the episode from Casablanca where Pepé would play a bartender and attempt to kiss the arm of a human character, portrayed by actress Greice Santo. Santo smacks Pepé with tremendous force, and James swoops in to let Pepé know that it is not cool to make physical advances on a woman without her consent.

According to Deadline, the scene was removed during the final cut of the film. Screen Rant states that Pepé Le Pew will not appear in future Warner Bros. projects.

The live-action film, produced by James and Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, will be released in theaters this summer. It features NBA stars Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul and Damian Lillard.