The sequel to the movie “Space jam”Has already received criticism because the scene where the skunk appeared Pepe le pew has been removed, something that has upset Looney Tunes fans. It should be noted that this character was involved in a great scandal after he was accused of promoting “rape culture”.
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The remembered character had a place in the film where he played a bartender trying to seduce the character of the actress Greice Santo. In his style, he starts flirting and touching the woman, but she pulls him away and pushes him against a chair. But that was not all, well, she throws a drink on him and slaps him.
Precisely, Greice Santo shot this scene in July 2019 where the cartoon was still part of the original cast. But everything would change when the director of the film was changed.
Although the cartoons of the Looney tunes have been on the small screen for many years, fans have always been used to the characters being involved in a series of situations ranging from a slap on the evil character, to the ridicule of having dangerous weapons and still not being able to capture their victims like the Coyote that never catches the Road Runner.
In this sense, generation after generation these drawings have been very popular from 1930 to the present. However, due to different beliefs, they have been canceled or banned in some countries and even total disappearance accused, allegedly, of inciting violence or harassment.
WHY WAS THE SCENE WHERE PEPE LE PEW APPEARED WAS REMOVED?
When Terence nance he was still the director of the prequel “Space Jam: A New Legacy” the scene where the skunk appeared was recorded; however, upon exiting production it was Malcolm D. Lee who stayed in charge of the project and it was there that this scene was eliminated.
Such a decision has generated great controversy among fans who expected to see all the characters of the Looney tunes in this new installment. Given this, they have begun to weave a series of hypotheses of what would have motivated the elimination of the scene.
According to the portal tomato this would have happened because Malcolm D. Lee considered inappropriate to have a character who harassed the kitten Penelope.
A decision that has not gone down very well with the followers and fans of these cartoons who have used social networks to question other characters whom they consider worse than Pepe le pew.
While frame pointed out that such a decision comes after the columnist of the New York Times, Charles M. Blow, will specify through an article that characters such as that of Pepe le pew should be canceled because “normalizes rape culture”.
“One: Grabs / kisses an unfamiliar girl, repeatedly, without consent and against her will. Two: She fights with all her might to get away from him, but he doesn’t release her. Three: He closes a door to prevent her from escaping. This helped teach the children that ‘no’ did not really mean ‘no’, that it was part of the ‘game’, the starting point of a power struggle. He taught them to overcome the strenuous, even physical objections of a woman, teaching them that she was normal, adorable, funny. They didn’t even give the woman the ability to SPEAK”, He posted on his twitter.
SPACE JAM WAS THE FIRST LOONEY TUNES MOVIE
Until 1996, the classic Warner characters had not had a feature film. Thus, Bugs Bunny, Porky, the Rooster Claudio, the Coyote and the Road Runner jumped to the big screen and in what way with Space jam. It is considered the most successful basketball movie.
HOW WAS THE IDEA OF SPACE JAM BORN?
Michael Jordan He was on the cusp of his career, he had become the favorite player of millions of fans, so this was reason enough for advertisers to be after him looking to get their brands noticed.
It was at that moment that Nike had a great idea and it was to bring together Bugs Bunney and Michael Jordan.
“We had a hard time joining. We struggled with Warner Bros. for months, trying to modernize the Bugs character for the commercial, “ mentioned in an interview for Entertainment Weekly: Joe Pytka, director of commercials, music videos and later of Space jam.
After going around many times and presenting various ideas to convince both parties, a commercial emerged that brought together Bugs Bunny with Michael Jordan called: Hare Jordan and in which both characters won a basketball game against a group of bullies.
This commercial aired during the 1993 Super Bowl, becoming the most talked about ad of that time and generating a wave of positive reactions. Bugs Bunny regained its popularity and Michael Jordan took millions of dollars more into his pocket.
The success of both characters led them to be the protagonists of a second commercial and this time Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan had to play basketball against aliens, specifically against Marvin and company on a space court.
This is how the idea of making a film based on proven and acclaimed concepts arose, giving way to what we now know as Space Jam, which, in short, is an extension of the ads, combined with a lot of familiar faces from both the seventh art, like basketball.
WHAT IS “SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY” ABOUT?
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will put basketball star LeBron James in a difficult situation, as his son is kidnapped, and he must travel to the digital world to become a cartoon and find him.
“Established basketball player and world icon LeBron James and his young son Dom – who dreams of being a video game developer – find themselves trapped in virtual reality by a rogue algorithm called Al-G Rhythm.
To get out of this reality safely, they must help the Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Lola Bunny, in addition to their entire gang of undisciplined, to achieve victory over the digitized champions of Al-G in a basketball game, ”reads the Warner Bros. synopsis.
LeBron James and the most beloved animated characters of Warner Bros will face the evil and imposing Goons, a group of monsters who will do everything possible to prevent the Tunes team from winning. An unmissable odyssey that has high expectations after the great phenomenon that was the first “Space Jam” movie with Michael Jordan.