Marvel recently released the third and final entry to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and so far, it appears to be very well received. Actually, the positivity surrounding this movie has extended past the cult of Marvel fans and into one of the most annoying organization America has at its disposal. The organization is PETA, and they actually gave director James Gunn an award for his portrayal of animal rights in the film.
I haven’t seen the most recent installment of the Guardians franchise yet, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume the treatment of animals that PETA refers to has something to do with the talking raccoon character. Maybe there is a scene where Chris Pratt stops in the middle of a fight to help a cat out of a tree, but it seems unlikely. Instead, I think the biggest movie franchise in the world just won an award from an established charity as a result of their portrayal of a talking raccoon.
I don’t hate PETA for what they do for animals. I do hate PETA for their inability to look in the mirror and recognize just how unbelievably corny they are being on a regular basis. Honestly this didn’t really annoy me as much as it made me truly question who runs that organization. Don’t get me wrong, I love a raccoon screaming cuss-words at my favorite character from Parks and Recreation as much as the next guy, but I seriously wonder how much of an impact this actually made. I think it’s essential for the industry to make a point to allow under-represented groups the opportunity to share their voice. I just question if raccoons are one of those groups.
Congrats to James Gunn, I guess. You created the most inspirational talking raccoon of the year, and that’s apparently not something to take lightly.