On Thursday we got our first look at the new Space Jam movie starring LeBron James and, Lola Bunny has gotten a pretty noticeable revamp in the upcoming sequel.
A First Look at Lola Bunny in 'SPACE JAM 2: A NEW LEGACY' has been revealed. pic.twitter.com/8Q99bqEyir
— Cartoon Crave (@thecartooncrave) March 4, 2021
Then & Now: Bugs & Lola Bunny pic.twitter.com/LAkgVOVnfb
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) March 4, 2021
Director Malcolm D. Lee told Entertainment Weekly that after watching the original Space Jam for the first time in 2019, he was caught off guard by the “very sexualized” depiction of Lola Bunny and made sure she was “reworked” for A New Legacy.
Upon watching Space Jam for the first time in 2019, Lee was caught off guard by the original’s “very sexualized” depiction of Lola Bunny. “This is 2021. It’s important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters,” the Girls Trip filmmaker says of why they “reworked” Lola, a.k.a. the team’s best non-LeBron player.
After going back and watching the original Lola Bunny scene from the 1996 Space Jam you can see why the old Lola would be considered problematic today.
They probably just didn't want to have yet another generation of kids that grew up with weird feelings for a sexy rabbit! pic.twitter.com/oxFq9DjdlF
— Christopher Enrique Carantit (@CE_Carantit) March 5, 2021
Of course Lola Bunny immediately started trending on social media because people were arguing about the new character design.
Thoughts are with the person whose job it was to look at all the accounts being horny for old Lola Bunny and / or upset that they aren't as horny for new Lola Bunny and then summarize it as "people share their feelings" pic.twitter.com/Te8oJUK1Jk
— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) March 4, 2021
Why can’t you be both? Bugs was gaga for her AND she was the best player on the team aside from MJ. It’s sad to say that in order to be “strong” and taken seriously, you must deny your femininity and sexuality.
— Anna Bollina (@Rocklover79) March 4, 2021
Space jam 2 scene:
LeBron James: hello Lola you do not make anyone horny. I respect you for basketball
Lola bunny: thank you
— Rajat Suresh (@rajat_suresh) March 4, 2021