After canceling Dr. Seuss, the classic cartoon character Pepé Le Pew's head is next on the chopping block.
The Looney Tunes character was dropped from the live animation sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James.
In one scene, Pepe, the bartender, flirts with Greice Santo's character by kissing her arm which she rejects with an open handed slap.
Pepe then tells James and Bugs Bunny that Penelope Pussycat filed a restraining order against him. James responds that the skunk can't go around kissing other cartoon characters without their consent.
Deadline states Santo was "upset" over the removal of the scene, according to her spokesperson.
"This was such a big deal for Greice to be in this movie. Even though Pepe is a cartoon character, if anyone was going to slap a sexual harasser like him, Greice wished it would be her," said the spokesperson. "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 Pepe’s behavior is unacceptable,” the statement read."
Deadline.com reports that the French skunk's scenes were cut after director Malcolm D. Lee took over from the movie's first director Terence Nance.
Lee desexualized curvaceous Looney Tunes cartoon character Lola Bunny whose curves dominated scenes in the original Space Jam starring the g.o.a.t Michael Jordan.
Charles Blow, a columnist for the New York Times, complained on Twitter that Pepe was too overly amorous in old cartoons. He said Pepe "normalized rape culture" and convinced boys that "no doesn't mean no."
Blow shared an old cartoon clip on Twitter of Pepe forcibly restraining and kissing Penelope.
Young Thug and Chris Brown dropped their new animated music video for "Say You Love Me", on Monday. The single is off their mixtape Slime & B, which dropped 5 months ago.
Both men have something in common: they fail miserably with the ladies. So they try their luck with two animated women in a different dimension. But the 2 cartoon cuties swerve them even in another dimension.
In real life, Thugger complained about the lack of intimacy in a post on his Instagram Story: "Ain't had no pu**y in so long man gotta be 'bout a month," he wrote.
It isn't clear if women are avoiding him because of his reputation, or if the Covid pandemic scared them off.
Atlanta is wide open, so it must be the former.
The video was directed by Dark Matter FX.
Young Thug - Say You Love Me ft. Chris Brown
SR rated: 2/5 roses
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Actor Wendell Pierce is petitioning to become the new voice of beloved Black cartoon character Cleveland Brown.
Pierce, of HBO's The Wire fame, has launched a media campaign to be the new voice of Cleveland on "Family Guy" after Mike Henry, a white actor announced he would no longer voice the Black character.
"It's been an honor to play Cleveland on 'Family Guy' for 20 years," Henry wrote on social media. "I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role."
Henry's decision follows on the heels of other white actors who gave up their roles playing Black cartoon characters.
Last week, Jenny Slate announced she was walking away from the series "Big Mouth" amid Black Lives Matter protests taking place around the world.
Pierce, pictured with actor Dominic West in a scene from The Wire, took to social media to stake his claim for the voiceover gig.
"Now that Mike Henry has consciously given up the role of Cleveland, I am publicly starting a campaign to voice the role myself on ‘The Cleveland Show.'"
"Family Guy" has aired over 300 episodes across 18 seasons of television. Fox renewed the series last month for its 19th season.
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Jenny Slate trended on social media this week after she announced she would no longer voice the character of Missy Foreman-Greenwald, a mixed-race girl on Netflix's animated comedy "Big Mouth."
Slate, 38, voiced Missy since the show first aired on Netflix in 2017. But the current state of racial tension in America caused Slate to rethink her role.
She announced she was quitting the show in an open letter on Instagram post on Wednesday:
"At the start of the show, I reasoned with myself that it was permissible for me to play 'Missy' because her mom is Jewish and White — as am I. But 'Missy' is also Black, and Black characters on an animated show should be played by Black people."
In the open letter, Slate, who is Caucasian, said after some self-reflecting she realized her decision to accept the role of a mixed-race girl was "flawed" and "an example of white privilege."
She said continuing to voice the character was "engaging in an act of erasure of Black people."
Slate acknowledged that, while she "can't change the past," it was her duty to engage in "meaningful anti-racist action."
Slate concluded her open letter by vowing to be more "thoughtful about the messages in my work" and apologized to those she had hurt. am so very sorry. Black voices must be heard. Black Lives Matter," she added.
JAY-Z sees dollar signs in a cartoon character, "Jaybo", that is a play on a racist name "Sambo". The 48-year-old rap honcho wants to trademark the cartoon character Jaybo that was featured in his music video for the single "The Story of O.J."
JAY-Z envisions his fans purchasing sweatshirts and hoodies featuring the cartoon character painted in blackface and droopy eyes.
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A photo of a man and his son dressed in Minions costumes while on their way to the cinema is capturing hearts everywhere.
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This is the official trailer for a new show that follows the adventures of a cross dressing superhero called SheZow. The animation cartoon is the latest tool in the Gay Agenda campaign to normalize the homosexual lifestyle for children. The show features a skateboard loving boy who finds a magic ring that gives him superhero powers -- and turns him into a superhero dressed in a feminine costume complete with flawless makeup and wig. If you still don't believe there is a Gay Agenda to indoctrinate your children, watch the video after the break.
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