According to Deadline, Warner Bros. decided to cut the skunk Pepe Le Pew from the feature film “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and all future productions involving Looney Tunes to “normalize the culture of rape”.
The decision was made to avoid the harassment apologies, as the character is known to be a “ rascal ” who often teases female characters.
Recently, director Malcolm D. Lee revealed that the opossum would have a controversial scene as a result.
In the scene, Pepe would work as a bartender in a cafe and try to take advantage of Brazilian model and singer Greice Santo trying to kiss her while she was distracted. Behind the camera, the actress also suffered from sexual and psychological abuse and runs the NGO Glam with Greice, which helps victims of domestic violence.
Shortly after Pepe’s attack, Santo slapped him in the face, making him dizzy as he turned on his stool.
To make matters worse, Lebron James would show up at the cafe and ask Pepe if he knew where Lola Bunny is … and the opossum looks like he has no idea as he’s been given a restraining order to stay away. away from Penelope, Bunny’s cat and friend.
It turns out the snippet was filmed when the project was directed by Terrence Nance, fired in 2019 due to creative disagreements with Lebron.
On the other hand, the scene was seen as a harassment criticism and LeBron ended his meeting with Pepe by scolding the skunk’s attitudes by saying:
“You know you shouldn’t type other songs without permission, do you?”
In an interview with the portal, one of Greice’s representatives said she was disappointed with the decision to cut the stage.
“The role in this film was very important for Greice. Although Pepe is a cartoon character, Greice felt that slapping a sexual stalker like him was something she would do. Now the stage is cut and it no longer has the power to influence the new generations who will watch “Space Jam 2”. Young girls and boys should know that Pepe’s behavior is unacceptable.
Recalling that the premiere of the film is scheduled for July 15 in national cinemas.
Could this be the family reunion without any special surprises ?! @mavcarter gives our families I Promise the very first look at @KingJames in his @spacejammovie ‘A New Legacy’ jersey! 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/XsPYL1dvcU
– LeBron James Family Foundation (@LJFamFoundation) August 18, 2020
On a trip to Warner Bros. Studios, superstar LeBron James and his son accidentally find themselves trapped in a world with all the stories and characters in society, under the control of a powerful and troubled force called Al G ( Don Cheadle). With the help of Bugs Bunny, LeBron must navigate a universe filled with movie scenes and iconic characters as the Looney Tunes come together to save their lost son. To return home, LeBron and the gang must unravel Al G’s mysterious plan and win an epic basketball game against game versions of NBA legends.
The cast includes LeBron James, Sonequa Martin-Green (“Once Upon a Time”, “Star Trek: Discovery”) and Don Cheadle.
Andrew Dodge (“Dirty Words”) writes.
Former professional basketball player Michael Jordan, who played with the most famous characters of Looney Tunes.
LeBron James made his film debut in the comedy “Descompensada”, playing a version of himself. He also already has an Oscar for best animated short.
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