Toy Story 4 released a new Bo Peep character poster and trailer earlier this week and fans were excited to see her return to the franchise. However, PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals), is not in that excited category due to a small detail in the poster that they say is a "symbol of violence against sheep." Bo Peep has been gone for a bit, living life on the road and learning a lot about herself, which we will get to see when Toy Story 4 hits theaters this summer, though PETA thinks Pixar could have done a lot better with her badass transformation.
PETA has reached out to Pixar and director Josh Cooley, asking them to remove Bo Peep's crook from the Toy Story 4 promotional material and from the movie itself. Bo is holding the crook, aka sheep-herding staff, in the recently released poster and PETA is offended. Since the character is going through a transformation, the organization says that it should be, "complete by retiring her crook-a tool historically used to hook lambs by the legs and neck in the wool industry." PETA Manager of Animals in Film and Television Lauren Thomasson had this to say.
"A badass Bo Peep would likely bop the shearers, not the sheep. (A) symbol of domination over any animal is a thing of the past and not something that belongs in Toy Story 4. Won't you please consider removing Bo Peep's crook from the final animation?"
PETA then released the letter that they sent to Pixar and John Cooley. The promotional material for Toy Story 4 talks about Bo Peep's new modern look and how she's evolving, which is something that the organization believes should be reflected in more detail. The letter says, "Given that she was designed to have a "modern" look, why hasn't she "lost" that outdated and cruel crook?" The letter also says that it's not something the new version of Bo Peep should be doing in 2019.
PETA has a long history of standing up for the rights of animals and has had a lot of success. However, there are going to be more than a few people who believe that the organization is overreacting, which could be the case, but it's something that they believe in and feel strongly about. In the conclusion of their letter, PETA had this to say.
"At PETA, we're working hard to change the way in which people regard and treat animals, including sheep. Our exposes are heartbreaking and show that sheep are routinely punched, kicked, dragged, and stomped on when they're shorn by workers who are paid to work quickly and remove a lot of wool in a short amount of time..."
Pixar and John Cooley have yet to respond to PETA's request, but the letter was only sent this morning. If they decide to go in and make the Bo Peep changes, it will be a lot of work, and it might not be worth it in the end. However, as long as Bo isn't using her crook as it is originally intended, Toy Story 4 should go ahead without too much controversy. You can read the full letter over at PETA.