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Space Jam 2 Director Breaks Silence Over Lola Bunny's Design Amid 'Desexualised' Backlash

Space Jam 2 Director Breaks Silence Over Lola Bunny's Design Amid 'Desexualised' Backlash

Space Jam 2 director Malcolm Lee has staunchly defended the redesign of Looney Tunes fan-favourite Lola Bunny amid backlash that she has been 'desexualised.'

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Lee has insisted that the changes went beyond Lola's appearance as they wanted to provide her with a "real voice."

The 51-year-old American director told Entertainment Weekly: "This is 2021. It's important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.

"[...] So we reworked a lot of things, not only her look, like making sure she had an appropriate length on her shorts and was feminine without being objectified, but gave her a real voice.

"For us, it was, let's ground her athletic prowess, her leadership skills, and make her as full a character as the others."

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Lola is seen wearing the same Tune Squad outfit as the other Looney Tunes characters in Space Jam 2.

Credit: Entertainment Weekly
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However, Bugs' love interest wore short-shorts and a cropped tank top during the Tune Squad's victory over the Monstars in 1996's Space Jam.

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Lola has since parted ways with Bugs and her Tune Squad teammates in Space Jam 2 as she has decided to hang out with a different crowd.

However, Bugs and James will attempt to seek her out and bring her back into the Tune Squad fold for their showdown with the formidable Goon Squad.

Lee compared Lola's story in Space Jam 2 to Wonder Woman, saying they wanted to "meet her with the Amazons."

The Space Jam 2 director explained: "We wanted to meet her with the Amazons, trying to find greener pastures for herself.

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"As she says in the movie, there's more to her than just being a Tune."

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/Entertainment Weekly

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