Zendaya posted the Lola Bunny poster for Space Jam: A New Legacy on her Instagram Stories on Saturday, and the movie's Twitter account also confirmed the news. They tweeted a GIF from the film, and wrote, "Welcome to the Jam, @Zendaya"
Welcome to the Jam, @Zendaya 🏀 https://t.co/BAp4UZuwkf https://t.co/Z9wYts9IFp— Space Jam: A New Legacy (@Space Jam: A New Legacy)1617476228.0
Though the announcement of this addition to the Tune Squad was met with a lot of praise and excitement, some changes in Lola's character design remain controversial. There was a lot of backlash from fans earlier this month because she's no longer wearing her signature crop top and short shorts.
"Lola was not politically correct," director Malcolm D. Lee told Entertainment Weekly of the 1996 iteration of Lola. "This is a kids' movie, why is she in a crop top? It just felt unnecessary, but at the same time there's a long history of that in cartoons." He also said he wanted to "reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters."
But many fans argued that Lola could both be hot, and also a feminist icon, too. "I don't care that Lola Bunny is dressed less sexy in Space Jam 2," one Twitter user said, "But I am unbelievably exhausted by the idea that the way you communicate that a female character is to be taken seriously is by removing her boobs."
I don’t care that Lola Bunny is dressed less sexy in Space Jam 2 but I am unbelievably exhausted by the idea that t… https://t.co/BKaaS3Lh8W— Lux "Diehard Urbanist" Alptraum (@Lux "Diehard Urbanist" Alptraum)1614891137.0
While this became a huge debate and trending topic last month, for the most part it became great material for some hilarious memes.
The Pandemic hit Lola Bunny hard. https://t.co/zUg6JruE0n— Liz Katz (@Liz Katz)1614902836.0
first they take Lola Bunny’s breasts, what’s next? Elmo’s pendulous red cock and balls?— sarah schauer 🦂 (@sarah schauer 🦂)1614910704.0
people arguing on the internet about lola bunny being too sexy/not sexy enough https://t.co/SMLPzpCCos— Dana Schwartz (@Dana Schwartz)1614883262.0
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