You may remember, Jessica Rabbit, the iconic Disney character known for her sultry red dress and the wife of Roger in the live-action/animated comedy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. But Jessica is getting a makeover to make her “more relevant” to today’s culture, as told by Disney officials. And the revision of the animated character has many fans up in arms.
Disneyland theme park in California has decided to alter the storyline of the ride, Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin, which is based on the 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
According to the OC Register: “Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is the latest Disneyland attraction to undergo a major renovation to remove outdated and problematic scenes — joining Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain and Jungle Cruise.”
Two of the ride's scenes are being updated, one featuring Jessica Rabbit. The current scene depicts Jessica Rabbit as a damsel in distress, as she is kidnapped by the Toon Patrol Weasels (might I add, who she prevails over in the end) and is thrown in the trunk of a car.
The revamped ride is making Jessica Rabbit a private investigator this time, and they ditched her glittery dress for a trenchcoat and fedora.
According to the new Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin backstory: “Jessica Rabbit has determined it is past time for her to throw her fedora in the ring by starting her own private investigation service. Watch out weasels, your reign of terror is over.”
But Disney fans everywhere are tired of the cancel culture's latest victim, “Disney blindly stumbling into the objectification vs. sex positivity debate by saying Jessica Rabbit needs to have a masculine job and wear masculine clothes in order to be empowered,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another fan spoke out and said: “Jessica’s whole purpose in the film was to show that sexy women in dresses aren’t just helpless damsels. If you throw her in a fedora and a baggy detective’s coat as a means of making her more ‘relevant’, you’re missing the point of her character.”
What do you think?
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