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Pepé Le Pew Has Reportedly Been Removed From The New 'Space Jam' Sequel

The controversial skunk has been benched, along with other changes.

If you're a '90s kid, you should buckle up for some serious Looney Tunes nostalgia coming in the form of a brand new Space Jam sequel

According to Huffington Post, Space Jam: A New Legacy stars LeBron James and is set to be released in July 2021. 

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While we can expect a number of the Looney Tunes characters that we're used to, one character, Pepé Le Pew, has reportedly been removed from the upcoming film. 

The cartoon skunk is known for his aggressive advances on Penelope Pussycat and was recently called out for "normalize[ing] rape culture" in a New York Times opinion piece

Deadline reported that Pepé Le Pew was originally written into the Space Jam sequel and the live-action footage that the skunk was supposed to be animated into was even shot. 

After the film switched directors in 2019, the character was cut from the sequel entirely. 

If you remember watching the Looney Tunes or the original Space Jam movie, you might remember finding the character pretty over the top. 

Now, Penelope Pussycat is free of Pepé Le Pew and we can all look forward to the new sequel, coming this summer. 

Plus, changes are coming for Lola Bunny's character, too. According to the Independent, the Space Jam sequel will no longer sexualize the female bunny — who will now be seen wearing a baggy jersey instead of a tight sports bra in the flick.