Ahead of its release in theaters and on HBO Max this summer, the upcoming sequel Space Jam 2 is at the center of another controversy.
Serving as a direct sequel to 1996’s Space Jam, the new movie stars LeBron James as himself alongside the animated characters from Looney Tunes.
Now, due to a recent controversial tweet posted by the NBA star, there are calls on social media to boycott Space Jam 2.
The controversy stems from a recent tweet posted by James after a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed a 16-year-old girl wielding a knife.
In LeBron’s tweet, which has since been deleted, the basketball player posted an image of the officer and wrote:
The post was met with backlash, and James clarified his state of mind in a follow-up tweet:
“I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police,”
I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I took the tweet down because its being used to create more hate -This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 21, 2021
Whatever the case might be, the publicity has resulted in a group of Twitter users boycotting Space Jam: A New Legacy:
Boycott Space Jam
Lebron threatens police
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 21, 2021
He deleted it but the damage is already done. pic.twitter.com/l0fjMuOwMr
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 21, 2021
Lebron James is speaking out because the wrong person died. If the other person was stabbed to death, he wouldn't be saying a word.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 22, 2021
This isn’t the first controversy to befall Space Jam: A New Legacy. Last month, it was revealed that Pepe Le Pew had been completely scrubbed from the sequel even though a scene had previously been filmed to include the character.
The decision was met with tremendous backlash, and that only increased after a recent trailer featured a cameo of The Droogs, the gang known for their ultra-violence in A Clockwork Orange.
There might be a portion of people on Twitter refusing to watch the movie, but for everyone else who’s interested in avoiding it, Space Jam: A New Legacy is scheduled to be released in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16th.