Zendaya was surprised by the controversy surrounding the redesign of her “Space Jam” character Lola Bunny.
Lola has been changed for the upcoming “Space Jam: A New Legacy” flick. Gone is the crop top, with execs targeting a stronger, more feminine attitude. However, many fans of the original film were less than enthused about the update.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zendaya said of the reporter being shocked by the reaction to Lola’s new look: “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.”
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Zendaya added, “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.”
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Director Malcolm D. Lee also told EW of the character back in March: “Lola [Bunny] was very sexualized.
“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. 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.”