Space Jam 2: A New Legacy is out, and the reviews are in. They are not good reviews, either; but some have chosen to focus on little details like content and context of story rather than a cash-grab. The fact that Warner Bros included virtually every intellectual property they could was not lost on fans and critics, either. Violent rapists from Stanley Kubrick’s 1972 classic Clockwork Orange making it in the kids movie was an interesting decision as well.
The Droogs, a gang of happy-go-lucky violent criminals, were included in Space Jam 2: A New Legacy. They are captured in Kubrick’s film doing atrocious things, but that apparently doesn’t prohibit them from taking in a basketball game.
“It’s perverse to think that Pepe Le Pew, a cartoon character whose overbearing romanticism got him “canceled,” is out of the Looney Tunes circle while the Droogs from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, viscerally-depicted rapists and murderers, are in the crowd.,” one disgruntled fan pointed out.
He was making reference to how Pepe Le Pew was “cancelled” in recent memory. The horny skunk was even cut from a scene in Space Jam 2: A New Legacy, one where LeBron James would have taught Pepe about consent. That was a real scene that was written, but it never made the final cut.
“Didn’t they cut Pepe Le Pue (probably butchered the spelling) but for some reason think it’s ok to keep the droogs,” another observant fan pointed out. This was a popular subject amongst those inclined to tweet about the new Looney Tunes film.
Another viewer of Space Jam 2: A New Legacy tweeted out to say, “I still find it hilarious Warner bros didn’t put pepe le pew in space jam 2 because he’s “sexist” but the gang rapists from clockwork orange are totally fine.”
The claim made was that Pepe Le Pew was not cut from Space Jam due to the “cancelling,” but his scene was trimmed for time constraints. Either way, LeBron James’ Looney Tunes mash-up made a ton of cash, $32 in its opening, and everyone at Warner Bros will be very happy about that; the Doogs will also be pleased.
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