Of course Charles M. Blow quickly jumped on the “Cancel Dr. Seuss” bandwagon. I’m sure he was ticked off that he didn’t think of it first. The really woke publications have to include a race-baiter niche (or several) on their staffs, and Blow occupies that prime slot at the New York Times. Blow is an anti-white bigot in general, but he’s versatile: for the four years in which the Times enabled his virulent Trump Derangement, Blow proved he was also adept in pushing almost all of the anti-Trump Big Lies, not only the one that asserts that he is a racist. His columns were like crack for Trump-Haters. For everyone else, they were, like Blow himself, staggeringly repetitious, predicable, pompous, and boring.
Now, with Trump only intermittently in the news, Blow has a problem, being addicted to anti-Trump crack himself, and he’s clearly foundering. In his anti-Seuss screed—if you’re white like Theodore Geisel, Blow will presume you’re a racist (incidentally, he begins his columns by writing, “As a child, I was led to believe that Blackness was inferior.” That’s odd: I wasn’t!)—he also attacked Warner Bros. cartoon character Pepé Le Pew for contributing to “rape culture,” which is hilarious wokism self-parody.
Pepé Le Pew is one of the lesser Warner Brothers animated stars, an amorous French skunk whose cartoons consisted of a single gag: an incurable romantic obsessed with the pursuit of amorous conquests, Pepé kept mistaking cats and other creatures as female skunks (they somehow got white stripes painted on them in various accidents, hence the species misidentification), whereupon he would aggressively woo them, including hugging and kissing them without their consent.
To be fair to Blow, which is hard for me because I find his views repulsive and his style obnoxious, he did manage to find a target for a cancellation argument even more ridiculous than Dr. Seuss. To begin with, the U.S. does not have a “rape culture,” which is a feminist, anti-male myth. It could be credibly argued that the African American community has one, since it is the only demographic that commits approximately twice the percentage of rapes as its proportion of the population, but Blow would never write about that.
(Personally, if I had to choose, I’d have to regard Pepé as more black than white…)
Blow doubled down after his skunk-libel (“I can prove, Your Honor, that Pepé never raped anything, since he was a cartoon character, and everything he did was preserved on film, having no existence off of it!”) when sane and reasonable readers pointed out how luminously stupid his assertion was, tweeting,
RW blogs are mad bc I said Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture. Let’s see. 1. He grabs/kisses a girl/stranger, repeatedly, w/o consent and against her will. 2. She struggles mightily to get away from him, but he won’t release her 3. He locks a door to prevent her from escaping….This helped teach boys that “no” didn’t really mean no, that it was a part of “the game”, the starting line of a power struggle. It taught overcoming a woman’s strenuous, even physical objections, was normal, adorable, funny. They didn’t even give the woman the ability to SPEAK.
My god, the man is horrible, and the Times inflicts him on America week after week! “Let’s see”:
1. Blow cheats by saying that “RW blogs” are objecting to his nonsense, which will stand for decades s a Great Stupid classic. See, his readers think conservatives are all racists and evil. But the mockery of his anti-skunk bigotry has been bi-partisan, since comes from sane people.
2. The targets of his passionate advances are not “girls.” They are cartoon animals. Even the dimmest six-year-olds could figure that out, but not Charles.
3. I would love to see any evidence whatsoever that Pepé Le Pew cartoons taught any boy that “no didn’t mean no.” Even if one made a connection between Pepé’s misadventures and actual male-female relations between humans, Pepé’s behavior always resulted in his being clobbered, defeated, or embarrassed. If anything, the cartoons carried the opposite lesson that Blow has read into them. Pepé was a fool. He never succeeded.
4. Nobody thought Pepé’s conduct was “normal”—that was the joke. It wasn’t normal. He wasn’t normal. He kept mistaking other species for skunks, something even children recognize as silly.
5., Uh, the cats weren’t “women,” Charles. Nobody thought of them as women.Not being poisoned by fanatic feminist cant, kids thought of the cats as cats. Cats don’t speak, just as roadrunners don’t speak. Why are you writing about cartoons when you obviously don’t know anything about them? In Toontown, some cats speak, and others, like WB’s Claude the Cat and MGM’s Tom (of Tom and Jerry) don’t.
Even all this doesn’t get to the root of Blow’s idiocy. Like most of the Warner Brothers cartoons, Pepé Le Pew was satire for adults. Those cartoons weren’t pro-rape, they were anti-French. He was a skunk with a French accent because the American stereotype about French men was that they didn’t bathe and were thus smelly. The character was introduced in 1945, when American contempt for the French was at a high-water mark after France’s quick capitulation to the Nazis in World War II. Pepé Le Pew was a parody of French movie star Charles Boyer—the skunk even used Boyer’s most famous line, “Come vis me to ze Casbah!” He was meant to be ridiculous, and was. He was certainly not regarded as a role model, for adults or children. He was, after all, a skunk.
As Bugs Bunny would say about Blow, “What a maroon!“