Steven Spielberg’s New Movie The Fablemans Has Him In Hot Water With PETA

ytsfreeSeptember 14, 2022

While the public may still be a couple months away from being able to see The Fabelmans following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, they’re not lacking in being able to see footage from Steven Spielberg’s 2022 movie. The first trailer for The Fabelmans dropped several days ago, providing a taste of what this semi-autobiographical look into Spielberg’s younger years holds in store. However, in the wake of this trailer’s arrival and The Fabelmans’ world premiere, the movie now finds itself in hot water with PETA.

Whether you were able to see The Fabelmans in its entirety at TIFF or have only viewed the trailer, you’re aware that there’s a scene in the movie where Michelle Williams’ Mitzi Fabelman, mother to Sammy Fabelman (played by Mateo Zoryna and Gabriel LaBelle at different ages) and wife to Paul Dano’s Burt Fabelman (i.e. Sammy’s father), purchases a monkey because she “needed a laugh.” Well, PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is not pleased that Steven Spielberg and his team on The Fabelmans used a real monkey, and is demanding that this scene be removed. You can read the official statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler below:

Steven Spielberg was imaginative enough to create a lovable alien in 1982 and followed that up with herds of realistic computer-generated dinosaurs in the 1990s, so what’s his excuse for dragging a real monkey onto a film set in 2022? His mother might have ‘needed a laugh,’ but PETA’s not laughing—and neither should anyone else who cares about animals. This monkey scene is an endorsement of the cruel animal-training industry and an advertisement for the seedy wildlife ‘pet’ trade, and PETA is calling on Spielberg to live up to his legacy as an industry leader by leaving this scene on the cutting room floor.


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