Popular Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew has come under fire recently for adding to rape culture, according to many on social media. However, the daughter of the creator of the character doesn’t think the same.
While speaking to TMZ, Linda Jones, whose father Chuck Jones, is credited as the creator for Pepe Le Pew and other Looney Tunes, vehemently disagrees with the notion that the character contributed to rape culture, as suggested in an New York Times op-ed.
Jones stated that anyone who watched Pepe Le Pew was never inspired to go out and rape, or even harass, other people. She doesn’t believe the character should be cancelled as the original running gag with him was never predatory in nature.
Jones admitted that Pepe Le Pew constantly grabbing Penelope Pussycat doesn’t look good by today’s standards. She then added that anyone who saw the character from the 50s onwards didn’t think of their dynamic as normalising rape culture.
She noted that the character was made purely for comedic reasons and nothing more. Jones ended it by saying the character could be rebranded as a perpetual job-seeker who keeps getting rejected, but constantly changes up his routine thinking he’s the perfect candidate.
We will have to see whether the character will actually be cancelled or not.