Reaping wabbits: Hunter Elmer Fudd gets SCYTHE after woke gun ban hits Looney Tunes reboot
The new series of animated shorts, titled Looney Tunes Cartoons, has been released on the subscription-based HBO Max platform. The series features all the main characters from the iconic 1930s and ‘40s series, still engaging in exaggerated cartoonish violence – with only one difference – from now on, the show will not feature any firearms.
“We're not doing guns,” Peter Browngardt, an executive producer of the updated series, told the New York Times. “But we can do cartoony violence – TNT, the Acme stuff. All that was kind of grandfathered in.”
That’s it, Yosemite Sam has been stripped of his revolvers, while Elmer Fudd lost his shotgun. Instead, Elmer will be now trying to bag Bugs Bunny during the “wabbit season”wielding a scythe.
The creators probably believed that trying to slay the cartoon rabbit in an old-fashioned melee would be less damaging to young viewers than using more sophisticated weaponry. However, the bizarre case of self-censorship has invoked a whole storm of mockery online.
More insanity from the left. Elmer Fudd is coming back, but without his gun. Maiming by scythe, ax, etc., blowing up with dynamite is ok, but a finger in a shotgun is verboten. LOL. fools. https://t.co/ld4Fb3wJ7P— CSA4Ever (@csa4_ever) June 7, 2020
Warner Bros. when they took away Elmer Fudd's gun be like:"We did it Patrick. We saved the US from gun violence" pic.twitter.com/91ZUOkV3YI— chungusart (COMMISSIONS CLOSED) (TRADES OPEN) (@chungusart) June 7, 2020
Many pointed out that the change would make Fudd look like a ‘wabbit Grim Reaper’ instead of an unlucky hunter.
Who would go out into the woods with a scythe to hunt rabbits when you could just blow them up with a shotgun— alenisdone (@alenisdone2) June 6, 2020
Others said that the change will strip the affected characters of their charm, arguing that their trademark weapons are inseparable from them.
Sam and Elmer Fudd are nothing without their trademark weapons. This is bullshit. pic.twitter.com/fx75NvUhp9— Monoklown3Q2 (@Circushellspawn) June 6, 2020
How about.. Just not include Elmer Fudd then and make a new character?A Scythe of all weapons... an Axe Would have been way more fitting for someone like Elmer...— Kitt 🌟 Stargazer (@StargazerStars) June 7, 2020
Some, however, seemed to be quite supportive of the move – yet still mocked the bizarre weapon pick for Fudd.
Elmer Fudd is a hunter, I don't really see his gun as problematic in a cartoon, but yeah sure, times change and fuck guns anyway, so let's see how they've decided to update the character... OH. pic.twitter.com/C9XUZlodMm— Rob Sheridan #BLM (@rob_sheridan) June 7, 2020
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