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Daughter of Pepé Le Pew creator defends the character against rape culture allegations

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Pepé Le Pew, a Looney Tunes character, has recently been retired by Warner Bros after a New York Times op-ed claimed the character “normalized rape culture.”

However, the cartoonist’s daughter, Linda Jones, has come out in support of her father’s work in an interview with TMZ.

Chuck Jones’ daughter, Linda, told TMZ that she does not agree with the allegations of NYT columnist Charles M. Blow.

Linda said that the character was never meant to be portrayed as predatory or inspire or encourage anyone to rape or harass people.

However, Linda did admit that Pepé’s approach towards Penelope Pussycat is not acceptable by today’s standards. She explained that viewers who watched the show in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s did not think it normalized rape culture.

Perhaps that was wrong or ignorant of audiences back then, she considers, but that just wasn’t the vibe, nor the intention, she explains to TMZ. Linda said Pepé’s purpose was purely comedic.

Pepé will not be appearing in in the upcoming LeBron James film “Space Jam 2,” the sequel to the 90s Looney Tunes movie starring Michael Jordan.

Linda told TMZ that it’s Warner Bros’ decision to remove Pepé from the film, but suggested a rebrand to help Pepé to fit with today’s standards.

Linda would like to keep the spirit of her father alive by rebranding Pepé as a perpetual job-seeker who keeps getting rejected, but constantly changes up his routine thinking he’s the perfect candidate.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Kyle Rittenhouse Found ‘Not Guilty’ On All Counts

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After three and a half days of deliberation, the jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts. “Jurors in the polarizing case said they had voted to acquit Rittenhouse, 18, of homicide, attempted homicide and other charges related to the August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin” reports The Washington Post.

Rittenhouse testified during the trial during which he  became so emotional he was unable to speak in between sobs as he attempted to describe the shootings. The judge called a brief recess for Rittenhouse to regain composure.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said on the stand. “I defended myself.”

National Review reports “As the verdict was announced, Rittenhouse, overwhelmed with emotion, burst into tears and dropped to the ground, struggling to breathe. After collecting himself, he embraced the defense counsel who represented him throughout the trial.”

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all counts.

National Review reports:

“Rittenhouse was arrested on August 26, 2020, after shooting three people during the riots that followed the police killing of Jacob Blake, a black man who was brandishing a knife and in the process of violating a restraining order when police arrived on scene.

He was initially indicted on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide, failure to comply with an emergency order from a local government, and possession of a dangerous weapon.”

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