Recently, six Dr. Seuss books were put on the chopping block for reportedly being insensitive. The action caused a backlash, but the story didn’t end there. The Cat took center stage, but behind-the-scenes attacks on other cartoon characters were also in play. Next up on the list of undesirables are Speedy Gonzalez and Pepé Le Pew.
In an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Charles M. Blow recently condemned the Seuss books as well as Speedy Gonzalez, “whose friends helped popularize the corrosive stereotype of the drunk and lethargic Mexicans,” and the French skunk, “who normalized rape culture.” In a tweet, Blow said right-wing blogs were upset because Le Pew was declared offensive. “Let’s see,” he wrote:
He grabs/kisses a girl/stranger repeatedly, w/o consent and against her will. She struggles mightily to get away from him, but he won’t release her. He locks a door to pr...
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