Even Whoopi Goldberg Flips Over Canceling of Pepé Le Pew
On a Tuesday airing of “The View,” liberal-aligned actress Whoopi Goldberg blasted critics trying to cancel Pepé Le Pew, demanding answers as to why people have to “cancel everything.”
Goldberg’s comments come after the Looney Tunes cartoon character was accused of “normalizing rape culture” in a New York Times essay written early last week by columnist Charles M. Blow.
Due to the essay, Pepé Le Pew will no longer appear in Warner Bros’ “Space Jam” sequel and will most likely become a thing of the past as a Hollywood Reporter article said he will no longer be featured in future projects.
In Tuesday’s airing of “The View,” Goldberg was discussing the recent removal from publication of six Dr. Seuss books deemed to include “racist imagery” as well as Bay’s abrupt decision to stop selling them on its website.
"I just heard that they're taking Pepé Le Pew out of 'Space Jam,' and I think to myself, 'Couldn't y'all have just written a couple of lines to say, you know, Pepé doesn't do that anymore because he knows it's not OK to jump on other skunks who may not be as interested in him as he is interested?" Goldberg said. "I don't know why you've got to erase everything. I don't get it. I don't understand it."
Pepé’s co-star in the upcoming “Space Jam” movie, actress Greice Santo, expressed her disappointment, through a spokesperson, with the decision to eliminate the scene featuring the character and herself.
The spokesperson said, "This was such a big deal for Greice to be in this movie. Even though Pepé is a cartoon character, if anyone was going to slap a sexual harasser like him, Greice wished it would be her. Now the scene is cut, and she doesn't have that power to influence the world through younger generations who'll be watching 'Space Jam 2,' to let younger girls and younger boys know that Pepé's behavior is unacceptable."
The scene being removed from the film, according to Deadline, is described as:
Pepé was set to appear in a black-and-white Casablanca-like Rick's Cafe sequence. Pepé, playing a bartender, starts hitting on a woman at the bar played by Santo. He begins kissing her arm, which she pulls back, then slamming Pepé into the chair next to hers. She then pours her drink on Pepé, and slaps him hard, sending him spinning in a stool, which is then stopped by LeBron James' hand. James and Bugs Bunny are looking for Lola, and Pepé knows her whereabouts. Pepé then tells the guys that Penelope cat has filed a restraining order against him. James makes a remark in the script that Pepé can't grab other Tunes without their consent.