Golf stunner Paige Spiranac has revealed she took “so much offence” at the controversial change to Lola Bunny’s physique in the upcoming Space Jam 2.
Space Jam 2, also known as Space Jam: A New Legacy, will star Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James as he teams up with the Tune Squad.
The LeBron-starring film had incredible screenshots released earlier this month as it showcased the return of Looney Tunes fan-favourites like Bugs Bunny and Lola.
However, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1996 cult classic was hit with massive backlash online amid claims that Lola had been ‘desexualised’ in her redesign.
Space Jam 2 director Malcolm Lee hit out at the controversy surrounding Lola, saying the design change was “important to reflect the authenticity of strong, capable female characters.”
Spiranac, who retired from professional golf in 2016, pulled no punches towards Lee as she accused him of taking “away all of her femininity.”
The 27-year-old American star revealed that she took “offence” at Lola’s redesign, adding that they were “basically insinuating that you can’t be sexy and also strong.”
Spiranac explained: “The director wanted her to be less sexy and be seen as more strong.
“So, what the director decided to do was take away all of her femininity.
“She has no curves and her outfit is long basketball shorts with compression shorts and a baggy shirt. I took so much offence to this. They’re basically insinuating that you can’t be sexy and also strong.”
According to The Sun, Spiranac suggested that she has been treated differently by other women as she has been criticised for showing her cleavage.
The former pro golfer continued to blast the changes to Lola as she argued that all “women can be strong and sexy and empowered in their own way.”
Spiranac said: “And to be seen as strong you have to be seen as more masculine. And you can’t show off your body or curves. I hated that.
“I don’t like what they’re trying to say with this new Lola Bunny. All women can be strong and sexy and empowered in their own way.
“It’s a cartoon character, like what the f**k are we actually talking about here but taking the boobs off Lola Bunny you are saying you can never be seen that way because women who have large breasts, what do we do about that?”
Spiranac wasn’t shy to hide her admiration for Lola in the first Space Jam as she called the cartoon bunny a “f*****g bada*s.”
She also revealed that a three-year-old Paige felt ’empowered’ seeing Lola school Bugs during 1996’s Space Jam.
“When she gave it to Bugs Bunny and said ‘don’t call me babe’ then walked out, that was an empowering moment for three-year-old Paige watching this,” Spiranac said.
Space Jam 2 is slated for release on 16th July in both US cinemas and on HBO Max.