There’s been a backlash over the design of Lola Bunny in the new Space Jam: A New Legacy and both Zendaya, who voices Lola, and the director have weighed in.

It seems that both Zendaya and Malcolm D Lee decided to make the loveable bunny less ‘sexualised’ for the sequel to the 1996 original Space Jam basketball comedy. The issue is… boobs.

It seems some on the internet are up in arms that Lola now doesn’t have any breasts.

Lee pointed out the debate was over a ‘cartoon bunny’ rather than an actual woman and had no idea he would be facing such a backlash over it. He is quoted as saying:

“I had no idea that people would be that up in arms about a bunny not having boobs. Listen, I understand people don’t want things to change, but I think we needed some evolution with her, not by objectifying her but by making her strong and still feminine. And, yes, we had all these other women who were like, ‘Oh, you can’t be strong and have big boobs?!’ Sure you can, but we’re talking about a cartoon bunny not women!”

Zendaya told EW :

“I didn’t know that was going to happen either! I definitely know we love her, but I didn’t know it was going to be as much of a focus as it was, but I understand, because she’s a lovable character. She’s very important, so I get it.”

“She’s special to a lot of people and their childhoods and they’ve been able to grow up with her, so I get that sense of protection. I was like, listen, just as long as I did what the director and the producers and everybody wanted me to do, I’m just here to offer my services. [Laughs] No, but I felt really grateful just to have the opportunity.”

This isn’t the first controversy about Space Jam: A New Legacy, back in April we had an article about a campaign to boycott the movie.  Other people are outraged since there is also the fact that there is no Pepe Le Pew. Now, originally, I thought it was because he was racist towards the French, but no, it’s because he promotes rape!

The controversy of the character has been going on for years now… Pepe doesn’t take no for an answer and, in the age of #MeToo, he is clearly not getting consent from the other party. The fact that he is a cartoon skunk doesn’t seem to bother some people, what is bad is he is sending out the wrong message to impressionable young minds.

Space Jam: A New Legacy is out 16th July.

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