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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.

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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’

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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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