New York Times columnist gets hammered for saying Looney Tunes' Pepe Le Pew 'normalized rape culture'

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Dr. Seuss was canceled last week, and six of Theodor Seuss Geisel's books were discontinued by his own estate, plus eBay yanked the children's book from its online retail platform. This week's figure beloved by children that is being canceled by leftists is Looney Tunes' character Pepe Le Pew, who is a cartoon skunk.

Pepe Le Pew is an animated fictional French skunk who romantically pursues a black cat, who he believes is a skunk. Penelope Pussycat always fights off Pepe's advances because he is a stinky skunk. To most everyone who has been watching Pepe Le Pew since debuting in 1945, this is a silly cartoon. But for New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, he doesn't see a cartoon, he sees this as the normalization of rape culture.

Blow wrote an op-ed about the Dr. Seuss situation, and demanded that other pop culture icons also be canceled. He cited the 1953 Looney Tunes character, Speedy Gonzales, for pushing racist stereotypes against Mexicans. He also condemned Mammy Two Shoes from the classic cat and mouse cartoon "Tom & Jerry."

He also cautioned the dangers of watching a cartoon skunk, "Some of the first cartoons I can remember included Pepé Le Pew, who normalized rape culture."

Following blowback from "right-wing blogs" for the column, he attempted to defend his position that the cartoon skunk advancing rape culture.

"RW blogs are mad bc I said Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture," Blow wrote on Twitter. "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. This helped teach boys that 'no' didn't really mean no, that it was a part of 'the game', the starting line of a power struggle."

"It taught overcoming a woman's strenuous, even physical objections, was normal, adorable, funny," he tweeted. "They didn't even give the woman the ability to SPEAK." The "woman" he is speaking of is the cartoon cat.

Commenters slammed Blow for the commentary about cartoons from the 1940s.

Radio host Jesse Kelly noted, "To be a Leftist in America is to reside in an imaginary world where everyone (everything) is a rapist, racist, or Nazi. I wish they could see how bizarre that is from the outside lookin... (Read more)

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