[Ed. – It looks to me like Charles Blow didn’t have to put much effort into this. Just some brief fulminating added to a screed against a number of other pop-culture touchstones, and dozens of others were off to the races, preparing poor Pepe to be heaved overboard. My question: why couldn’t Pepe be someone who identifies as a cat, is gender-situational, and in any case is just trying to have a partner-resistance workout with Penelope? Everybody’s so negative and cis-norm complacent.]
Charles believes the book brouhaha [about Dr. Seuss] was brilliant:
I cheered as some bemoaned another victim of so-called “cancel culture.”
Finally, amid those iconic components of childhood in need of a kick-out: a certain amorous animal.
Pepé Le Pew’s long been a lover on the small screen…
But Charles smells something wholly hateful.
“Some of the first cartoons I can remember,” he recalls, “included Pepé Le Pew, who normalized rape culture…”
To be sure, Charles isn’t the first to scathe the skunk.
In October 2019, The Christian Post sprayed the amorous animal:
Today…I found myself contemplating another disturbing expression of violence in Looney Tunes, in this case, the sexually aggressive stalking behavior of everybody’s favorite amorous skunk, Pepé Le Pew.
Pepé conforms to the familiar “stalking is love” trope …