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"You've got a piece of popcorn on your waistcoat," said the Mad Hatter, as he reached spindly fingers and pulled out the kernel from the White Rabbit's vest. "At the cinema, were we?"

"Of course," said the Rabbit, "you didn't think I'd miss a feature where the lead character is a rabbit, do you?

"A bunny, not a rabbit, Whitey," Alice corrected, adding proudly, "a girl bunny."

"Shouldn't it be a woman bunny?" poked the Rabbit. "We all have to try to get it right."

"Anything I say is right, 'cause I'm a girl," huffed Alice. "Anything you say is mansplaining." She buried her button nose back in her Kindle.

"Seems as if 'Zootopia' had an effect on you, my dear Rabbit," the Hatter said. "I know you've been a Lagomorphist, but I never thought you'd be a Feminist, too."

"I'm telling you, Hatter," the Rabbit explained. "That movie has changed my perspective. We can make our world a better place if we all try to be PC. I will never call a lion banker a Super-Predator again. Instead it's 'We who are your prey salute you!'"

The Hatter rolled his eyes.

"Now, wait a minute, Hatter," Rabbit said. "You're not being fair. What's wrong with movies promoting a better world and helping to advance social change?"

"Wow, that's really deep, Buns," popped in Alice. "You're totes right, I mean, I really wanted to get high more after seeing the chill dudes in Hangover Part II."

The Rabbit frowned, "That wasn't the example I was thinking of, Al. Films can promote positive change. If it weren't for Hollywood making movies to inspire us, we never would've had 'It's a Wonderful Life' or 'Miracle on 34th Street'."

The Hatter took a sip of his tea. "Certainly. All written before the blacklist, but all with not-so-hidden messages nevertheless. Hollywood has been influencing audience thinking for a century."

"Not me. 'The Blacklist' lost me after Elizabeth Keen left the FBI," Alice continued, "Now Star Wars 7, there was an awesome movie. When Rey used the Force to defeat Finn and the invading First Order. Whoo-hoo."

The Rabbit shook his head. "Well, I for one, friend Hatter, think Zootopia's message is a good one. Avoiding stereotypes and embracing diversity is something our country needs. Although I had to admit that I did think the joke about us rabbits reproducing so fast was a microaggression. Most of us use birth control nowadays, heesh."

"What did you think of Judy Hopps?" asked the Hatter, with a sly fox grin. [Ed. Note: Microagression against foxes. DELE.]

The Rabbit's expression brightened, "She really grew on us! Warm, smart, and likable, dare I say even feminine in her police uniform, with those cute big eyes, round face, and strong hips. But, at the same time, tenacious and tough, even when she was temporarily down and defeated. Charging her way up in a man's world to win respect and become a renowned cop on the big stage. She wasn't afraid to fight and never gave up; a real role model for rabbits and women. We were all 100% behind her in the end. You know, she kind of reminded me of someone"but I just can't put my paw on it-- He shrugged, "Probably just my imagination."

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