Pepé Le Pew, and People Who Are More Upset About “Cancel Culture” Than They Are About Rape Culture

I’m emerging from my long nap of depression — like some sad groundhog, seeing its shadow predicting six more weeks of pandemic — to comment on what is apparently the new great enemy of those sad souls whose news intake consists wholly of conservative media: Cancel Culture. The same folks who were very upset about confederate monuments being taken down are now very upset about Hasbro deciding to drop the “Mr.” from their Potato Head toy… They’re very upset that the Seuss estate decided to stop publishing six problematic books that almost no one had ever hear of until very recently… And now they’re very upset about the news that Pepé Le Pew is being dropped from the reboot of Space Jam with LeBron James. And they’re blaming it all on one insidious enemy… The dreaded Cancel Culture.

These are the same folks who rushed to iTunes to buy music from country singer Morgan Wallen after he was filmed using the N-word. These are the same folks who suddenly became big Harry Potter fans when JK Rowling caught flack for anti-Trans statements. And amazingly (read: hypocritically), the Venn diagram of people angry about “Cancel Culture” and the people who cheered when donald trump demanded “Get that son of a bitch off the field!” (in response to NFL players using kneeling during the anthem to protest racism & police brutality) is a perfect circle.

Republicans have zero problems with cancelling people… Republicans & conservative christians have been cancelling people for centuries. What they have a problem with is when THEY are the ones being cancelled.

Here’s the thing: Pepé Le Pew was ALWAYS a rapist. I might not have realized it growing up, but it was always right there. I remember watching those cartoons as a kid… That black cat that accidentally painted a stripe on her back by going under a freshly painted white fence was trying like HELL to get away from him. He was kissing her as she struggled to get away. He would block the freaking door and lock the locks as she tried to run from his aggressive affection, creepily bouncing on all fours after a terrified female who spurned his advances. And that crap was part of my childhood, being pumped into my brain every Saturday morning. I mean, Jesus… If any man acted that way toward a woman, he clearly needs to be removed from society until he is rehabilitated. And if you’re listening to republican voices, you’d think a great injustice has been committed by Pepé Le Pew’s scene being cut from Space Jam 2.

And the REALLY F-ed up thing is that the story always ended up with his sexual assault “working” on the girl, and she’d eventually return his rapey advances…

The question is: Why would conservatives be in an uproar over a cartoon — one whose entire character was centered around sexual assault — not being included in a movie for kids? Why get angry about a non-gendered toy potato? Why cling to 80 year old racist caricatures like Speedy Gonzales?

The answer is simple. Fear. Conservatives want to “conserve” the past, and they’re afraid of change. They’re afraid of their eroding privilege. They’re afraid of progress and evolving social norms. They’re afraid of a growing feeling of being “outnumbered” by people who have a more evolved understanding of human decency. And that fear turns to anger… Anger at feeling “bullied” and “shamed” into conforming to these new norms… Anger at being held accountable for their words and actions.

But even more than that, it’s anger at feeling targeted. And this is important: The feeling of being targeted comes from who they are aligning themselves with. Do you align yourself with the people being harmed, or do you align yourself with the ones DOING the harm? If folks are aligning themselves with the ones being told “You don’t get to say the N-word anymore,” they feel targeted… Bullied… Shamed. If they are aligning themselves with the ones who are being harmed and harassed by the use of the N-word, then the N-word being “canceled” feels like standing against injustice. The real tragedy is that most people who align themselves with groups in positions of power don’t KNOW or have conversations with people who are the targets of oppression.

So a lot of people who align themselves with groups in power might think, “What’s the big deal? So Speedy Gonzales was Mexican? It doesn’t mean you have to take him out of the movie.” But until you speak to a hispanic kid who was fast growing up and inevitably got called “Speedy Gonzales,” you might not identify with the group that is the target of oppression. And maybe you didn’t even notice (because you weren’t the group being caricatured) that every other Mexican mouse OTHER than “Speedy” was portrayed as being fat and lazy.

And then comes the inevitable cries of “Don’t be so sensitive.” “Quit being such a snowflake.” This is wildly hilarious coming from people who are outraged over a plastic potato.

Listen… I watched Sixteen Candles when I was a kid. I watched it over and over. I loved that movie. My friends and I quoted it all the time. Like a lot of dumb white kids, we thought the character of Long Duk Dong was funny, and we found many opportunities to say “What’s happenin’ hot stuff” and “Oh sexy girlfriend” with Asian-sounding accents. Every time he entered the scene, a freaking gong went off. I’m sure the one Asian kid at our school probably didn’t think it was quite as funny… But we weren’t identifying with HIM. And “The Donger” wasn’t even the worst part of that movie. Jake Ryan straight up offers his super drunk girlfriend to the “The Geek” for him to have sex with, and says, “Have fun.” She is barely conscious, and entirely too drunk to give anything resembling consent. When the obviously drunk Caroline whispers “I love you,” Anthony Michael Hall breaks the fourth wall and says, “This is getting good,” right before he totally has sex with an unconscious girl, we suppose… And the “hilarity” of date rape ensues. The next morning, when the Geek asks her if she enjoyed herself, Caroline says, “You know, I have this weird feeling I did.” And as Molly Ringwald wrote in The New Yorker, “She had to have a feeling about it, rather than a thought, because thoughts are things we have when we are conscious, and she wasn’t.”

Now, does this mean we have to burn the originals and “cancel” every movie that John Hughes ever made? I don’t think so (and no one is trying to do that, just like no one is trying to remove all the copies of Green Eggs & Ham from elementary school bookshelves… You morons). We can learn about the messed up rape culture of the 80s & 90s, and talk about how it still persists today (and led to trash like Brett Kavanaugh being appointed to the Supreme Court). But it ALSO doesn’t mean we should be playing Sixteen Candles for middle school movie day, just because it’s rated PG and some people have a nostalgic feeling about it.

Think about how much societal norms have changed just since 1984 when Sixteen Candles came out… Now think about the kind of crap that was acceptable in 1945 when Pepé Le Pew debuted and Warner Brothers thought that a cartoon of a rapist male skunk not taking NO for an answer from a female cat sounded like a good idea for a kid’s show.

Republicans talk a lot about the “Invisible Hand of the Market” — this idea that markets are driven by unseen forces, and we should let those forces play out — but now that the markets are reflecting a growing distaste for rape culture and white supremacy and using someone’s culture as the butt of jokes, all of a sudden they want to mess with the Invisible Hand. Norms are changing, and people are calling for a fairer representation on their entertainment. So when we see loving, same-sex couples on a commercial, it’s not “the media” trying to “shove things down our throats.” It’s a reflexion of changing norms. Humanity is progressing. Some things that USED to be acceptable are no longer acceptable. And societies (and markets) work to enforce those new norms. There are consequences for saying things that people in 1945 felt perfectly comfortable saying…

If we figure out that the heroes of our youth were rapists, we don’t defend & diminish the consequences of rape culture… We find new heroes. If we figure out that a beloved cartoon from our youth was actually a racist caricature or a rapist skunk, we don’t demand their inclusion in movies being made today… We move on. People need to ask themselves if the things they are trying to “conserve” are actually worth keeping. Norms change for a reason. The people upset at the “cancelling” of Speedy Gonzales are the same dimwits who are pissed off about female Jedis in the new Star Wars movies. Do you really want to be the person who is angry about making a female rabbit’s boobs smaller so as not to sexualize her? Just because there are some good episodes of Fat Albert, doesn’t mean Bill Cosby gets a cameo in the reboot. You might still have a nostalgic crush on Jake Ryan, but by today’s standards, he’s a total sleaze ball. Guess who else was a rapist… James Bond, that’s who. And just because you have fond memories of a rapist skunk from your youth, it doesn’t mean you are being attacked because popular opinion has him being excluded from a movie made today.

“Cancel Culture” is what conservatives call it when their bigotry & cruelty are recognized for what they are. If you’re more angry that a radio station stopped playing an artist who got caught calling people the N-word than you are about the harm done by that artist’s words, you might not think of yourself as a “racist,” but I guarantee I can tell you who you voted for in the last presidential election. If you are the sort of person who is more upset about “cancel culture” than you are about rape culture, you are not a good person. And if that makes you feel “attacked,” I don’t know what to tell you. Deal with it, snowflake. Start identifying with the victims & survivors of rape, rather than the rapists. Norms change. And as they change, there are consequences for breaking those norms. Just because you fondly remember a time when executives used to be able to slap their secretaries on the fanny, it doesn’t mean that you are the “victim of cancel culture” when your old, sexist ass gets fired for doing it today. Sweet Lord, this is not that hard, people…

What is depression, if not a giant sense of “screw it” persevering? I’m so very thankful to those of you who have continued to support me through this very difficult time in my life. I know I’ve not been writing as often as I usually do. There have been so many times I have thought about writing, and then just been overwhelmed by a deep feeling of “What’s the fuckin’ point?” I don’t know if anything I do makes a difference, but… just in case, you know? This post is especially for my friends who check up on me when I’m hiding from reality. I sure love you all. If you are also in a hard, dark place lately, please reach out… And if you’d like to support my writing, you can DO THAT ON PATREON, or you can LEAVE A TIP ON PAYPAL or on Venmo at “chris-boeskool.” Otherwise, please follow along on Facebook and on Twitter.

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14 Responses to Pepé Le Pew, and People Who Are More Upset About “Cancel Culture” Than They Are About Rape Culture

  1. phillik47 says:

    Chris,

    So sorry to hear you’re struggling with depression. You’re not alone for sure. So many of us have been struggling. I definitely went to a dark place last fall after my dad died of Covid and 3 weeks later my maternal uncle who was like a second father died from dementia complications. So many reasons we are al struggling. Hang in there. Reach out. Meds help. Alcohol doesn’t. Spring and more daylight are coming. 💛

  2. Carol Billings says:

    Great post! I’m always happy when I see you show up in my mailbox….

  3. annecreates says:

    Brilliantly written. I appreciate your perspective so much! Your writing has brought much light to my world since I discovered your blog. Your work, and you, matter. Thank you.

  4. Veronica Bobo says:

    Your writing DOES matter, and it DOES make a difference. Thank you for being honest and telling it like it is. Wishing a happy day for you today, with sunshine and hugs.

  5. artiefox says:

    A world full of Pepe Le Pews, will not create conflict. Isn’t that better than a world full of Leftists, who want conflict, raping people, and cartoon characters with their words, not having good treasures in them?

  6. artiefox says:

    Cancel culture is rape culture. The mouth that has deadly poison in it, rapes innocent, heavenly creatures like Pepe Le Pew, who does not rape anyone physically or with his mouth. Democrat Leftist need to be ashamed of themselves. They are behaving like Christs enemies to followed him all over the place, trying to find a fault in Jesus. They that followed him never considered how they were. Same with democrat’s. Jesus went to people blessing them with what he said, feed them, and healed them and taught them valuable lessons. They that do good, will get a good reward. Accusing a cartoon animation of rape is not a good work, no matter how you look at it. Christ is not in it. Who then is in it? Accusers cannot rear the masters voice when it talks through whatever. Those deaf people are evil. Those deaf people are their own worst enemy. Stop being your own worst enemy, Leftists.

  7. artiefox says:

    Cancel culture is rape culture. The mouth that has deadly poison in it, rapes innocent, heavenly creatures like Pepe Le Pew, who does not rape anyone physically or with his mouth. Democrat Leftist need to be ashamed of themselves. They are behaving like Christs enemies who followed him all over the place, trying to find a fault in Jesus. They that followed him, did not considered how they were. Same with democrat’s. Jesus went to people blessing them with what he said, feed them, and healed them and taught them valuable lessons. They that do good, will get a good reward. Accusing a cartoon animation of rape is not a good work, no matter how you look at it. Christ is not in it. Who then is in it? Accusers cannot rear the masters voice when it talks through whatever. Those deaf people are evil. Those deaf people are their own worst enemy. Stop being your own worst enemy, Leftists.

  8. artiefox says:

    Cancel culture is rape culture. The mouth that has deadly poison in it, rapes innocent, heavenly creatures like Pepe Le Pew, who does not rape anyone physically or with his mouth. Democrat
    Leftist need to be ashamed of themselves. They are behaving like Christs enemies who followed him all over the place, trying to find a fault in Jesus. They that followed him, did not considered how they were. Same with democrat’s. Jesus went to people blessing them with what he said, feed them, and healed them and taught them valuable lessons. They that do good, will get a good reward. Accusing a cartoon animation of rape is not a good work, no matter how you look at it. Christ is not in it. Who then is in it? Accusers cannot hear the masters voice, when it talks through a person or a cartoon animation. Those deaf people are evil. Those deaf people are their own worst enemy. Stop being your own worst enemy, Leftists. Sharpen your hearing. Look for good words to say. Praise whoever when you see Christs character in whoever. There is no guile in Pepe Le Pew. Jesus praised Nathaniel for having no guile. Praise Pepe Le Pew for having no guile. Guile will flee from they that praise Pepe Le Pew.

  9. artiefox says:

    Proverbs 16:24-25: 24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
    25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Leftists are not saying pleasant words to Pepe le Pew. Leftists ways are the ways of death, right now.
    Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Leftists words are like rusty iron, and green oxidized brass.
    Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Death is in Leftists mouths. Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Corrupt words are being spoken to Pepe Le Pew, who does not say any corrupt words.
    Proverbs 12:18 – There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.”: Leftists are like a harming sword. Health is not in their words.

    Proverbs 15:4 – A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.” Wholesome words are not being spoken by Leftists. Perverseness is in the Leftists.

    Psalms 37:“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” Leftists are not upright, not having their end to be peace. Leftists, Leftists will not be able to judge rightly about anything, having all of the problems that they have. The church has been teaching them, without Leftists even knowing it. Muslims have been teaching the doctrines of devils too. Artie Whitefox.

  10. Artie Whitefox says:

    Pepe Le pew has nothing to apologize about. It is a love story . The maker of Pepe Le pew thought: I will make a destructive, mentaly mean, forward speaking rapist, who does not care about who he has sex with? Deranged minds think that is so. Be renewed in your minds. You will see that you are wrong about Pepe Le Pew.

  11. Artie Whitefox AKA Kobidobdog says:

    Pepe Le pew has nothing to apologize about. It is a love story . The maker of Pepe Le pew thought: I will make a destructive, mentaly mean, forward speaking rapist, who does not care about who he has sex with? Deranged minds think that is so. Be renewed in your minds. You will see that you are wrong about Pepe Le Pew. Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. left people are not doing what is good and acceptable unto God. j=Jesus did what was good and acceptable unto God. Jesus would not even think about doing what Leftists are doing. Satan, who is always wrong, will think about, and do, what Leftists are doing. Satan can shine light intimating angelic beings, wanting people to fear, admire, and worship that colorful being. Leftists are obeying that deadly being. Stop doing that

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  12. Artie Whitefox AKA Kobidobidog says:

    Pepe Le pew has nothing to apologize about. It is a love story . The maker of Pepe Le pew thought: I will make a destructive, mentaly mean, forward speaking rapist, who does not care about who he has sex with? Deranged minds think that Pepe Le pew’s maker, did that. Be renewed in your minds. You will see that you are wrong about Pepe Le Pew. Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. left people are not doing what is good and acceptable unto God. j=Jesus did what was good and acceptable unto God. Jesus would not even think about doing what Leftists are doing. Satan, who is always wrong, will think about, and do, what Leftists are doing. Satan can shine light intimating angelic beings, wanting people to fear, admire, and worship that colorful being. Leftists are obeying that deadly being. Stop doing that

  13. Artie Whitefox AKA Kobidibidog says:

    Pepe Le pew has nothing to apologize about. It is a love story . The maker of Pepe Le pew thought: I will make a destructive, mentaly mean, forward speaking rapist, who does not care about who he has sex with? Deranged minds think that Pepe Le pew’s maker, did that. Be renewed in your minds. You will see that you are wrong about Pepe Le Pew. Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. left people are not doing what is good and acceptable unto God. Jesus did what was good and acceptable unto the unseen Father God that was in Christs mind. Jesus would not even think about doing what Leftists are doing. Satan, who is always wrong, will think about, and do, what Leftists are thinking, and doing. Satan can shine light intimating angelic beings, wanting people to fear, admire, and worship that colorful being. Leftists are obeying that deadly being. Stop doing that

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