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Controversial Bugs Bunny History Revisited After Ron DeSantis Comments


Social media users are revisiting the controversial Bugs Bunny cartoon story after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed Disney was pushing for certain topics in its cartoons.

“One of the things that really bothered me was these Zoom videos with all these people who are high up at Disney talking about how there was an intention to inject sexuality into the programming for these very young children,” he said during a campaign on Wednesday. event for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt in Nevada, according to The recount.

Social media users are revisiting the controversial Bugs Bunny cartoon story after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed Disney was pushing for certain topics in its cartoons. Here, DeSantis speaks during a campaign event for Republican Nevada Senate nominee Adam Laxalt (not pictured) at Stoneys Rockin Country April 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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He continued, “When we were young you could watch cartoons and not have to worry, now parents have to sit and worry about what they’re trying to inject? What kind of ideology are they trying- they to sue? And that’s wrong.”

Although DeSantis didn’t specifically name Bugs Bunny during his remarks, some people online responded to his comments using the cartoon character as an example to show that sexuality was addressed in old cartoons.

A person on Twitter shared friday a number of cartoons in which Bugs Bunny is seen cross-dressing and writes, “I’ll leave these reminders of Bugs Bunny to anyone who wants to talk about ‘old cartoons that didn’t indoctrinate our children’.”

DeSantis’ comments came amid an ongoing feud he has with Disney after the company said it would work to repeal the Parental Rights in Education Bill, also dubbed the “Don ‘t Say Gay Bill”, which was signed into law. The bill seeks to ban teachers from addressing issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade classrooms.

In response to DeSantis’ remarks made this week, another person also pointed to Bugs Bunny’s cross-dressing, saying, “Apparently Ron still feels gross about being turned on by Bugs Bunny in drag when he was 8.”

A Twitter user argued that host Chuck Jones considered Bugs Bunny to be a non-binary character.

“Chuck Jones in his later years considered Bugs Bunny ‘Trans and Beyond Binary’ to support the trans community. Conservatives would lose their shit if Chuck was alive and saying so today,” Twitter user Zak wrote. Wood in a tweet in which he shared DeSantis’ remarks.

The idea that Bugs Bunny was supposed to cross-dress in support of the trans community was also discussed online nearly a decade ago when a blogger wrote, “I realized that Bugs and the other occasional cartoon cross-dressers from Warner Brothers were the only children’s television characters. it validated my young son’s desire to dress in girls’ clothes.”

Meanwhile, other Twitter users responded to DeSantis’ remarks by pointing to Bugs Bunny’s controversial story. One person brought up a case where the cartoon character sawed through Florida and sent it drifting into the ocean.

Another example showed Bugs Bunny shooting and killing an audience member for to cough during a piano recital.

Newsweek has contacted Disney for comment.




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