Around the movie “Space Jam – 2: The New Generation” another scandal erupted. This time, the center of attention was the character of Pepe le Pugh – a striped skunk who, in search of love and understanding, often crosses the personal boundaries of other heroes.
This character behavior angered Charles M. Blow, a prominent columnist for the New York Times. According to the journalist, in the first part, Pepe behaved extremely outrageously: he constantly grabbed stranger girls, forcibly hugged and kissed them, and sometimes even locked them in a room, restricting movement. All this, in his opinion, looked great at sexual violence, which is unacceptable in modern society.
The words of the journalist reached the Warner Bros. studio, and she cut out all the scenes with the skunk from the sequel, including those in which he interacts with the character of the actress Grace Santo (Greice Santo). As it turned out, in the sequel to “Space Jam” Pepe le Pugh was doing the same thing as in the first part. Grace herself was upset by this decision of the studio – the girl said that according to the plot, Pepe received a slap in the face at the end of the scene, and, in her opinion, such “retribution” fully compensates for his bad behavior.
It is worth mentioning that at one time, Grace Santo became a victim of sexual harassment and subsequently founded the non-profit organization Glam with Greice, the goal of which is to enable victims of domestic violence to change their lives for the better. At the same time, during the filming, the actress did not see anything terrible in the behavior of Pepe le Pugh, therefore she was extremely surprised by the decision of Warner Bros.
The premiere of “Space Jam 2: The Next Generation” is scheduled for July 15 this year. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will join Looney Tunes cartoons.