Yes, you read correctly cancel culture is now going after cartoons that are 50+ year old for supposed social transgressions and not being woke enough in the current social climate. And before we begin just a gentle reminder that there is absolutely no evidence that a horny cartoon skunk had any effect on real-life men’s behavior at all. The claims being made are paranoid media peril pseudoscience. The first character on the canceling chopping block is Pepé Le Pew a character from the 1940s. His transgression? Promoting rape culture, I am not even fucking kidding here.
Let me just state for the record that if you got your moral and social lessons from a 50-year-old Looney Toon’s character then you have bigger problems than being offended at said cartoon. I grew up in the 70s and 80s and absolutely loved Pepé Le Pew. People including myself knew that he was not the hero of the story, he is the butt of the joke. Pepé Le Pew is the one displaying the aberrant behavior in all of his cartoons he’s ever been in. If people can’t discern the nuance of a 70-year-old cartoon maybe they shouldn’t be consuming any sort of entertainment because clearly, they have an issue disconcerting reality from fiction. I always knew it was a cartoon and not to behave like that in real life. I never lost any respect for women, and I am pleased to confirm that I am a non-raping faithful husband.
The entire joke with Pepe Le Pew is that while he’s a fairly handsome guy, he pushes women away by coming across as way too desperate. And y’know, being a skunk that smells. It’s also ironic because the moment he doesn’t stink anymore, the woman are all over him, and then the tables get turned, and he becomes uncomfortable with it, unironically teaching people that consent needs to be mutual. You have to be some kind of brain-dead moron to think that men/boys are getting their views of masculinity from a French cartoon skunk. The second cartoon character on the canceling chopping block is Speedy Gonzales a character from the 1950s. So what mortal sin has Speedy committed that he needs to be canceled more than 60 years late? Racial stereotypes, no jokes…
If anything, cartoons like this, which positively portrays Speedy Gonzales and exposes people to other cultures in a way that they enjoy, made viewers congenial to them, not averse to them. If there should be outraged it should be at Hollywood for portraying all Mexicans as drug lords. Speedy Gonzales has done more good for the Mexican community than the word “Latinx” that the woke brigade has forced onto the Latino community. For those who don’t understand what “Latinx” means. It’s American gender politics forcing its way into a foreign language since a common mechanic of Spanish involves words ending in “a” or “o” to show masculine or feminine context. It’s an attempt to make the language “gender-neutral”.
It feels like we have truly gotten to a point where we are so hyper-saturated with outrage and scandal, and that the only way we can now draw people’s attention is with something even “more” outrageous. And I fear that this is the death knell for art and culture. As people are now reactively going back in time to cancel art and media that would not hold up by current social standards. If your conclusion is that cartoons and media produced in the 50s might be offensive then you might have absolutely nothing else to worry about in your life or need to go outside and go touch some grass. These people who are retroactively trying to cancel these cartoons characters are walking black holes when it comes to self-awareness.
[Editorial Note:] I will leave you with this quote: “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute.” – George Orwell, 1984 –