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There's been a ton of discussion surrounding Jordan Peele's newest thriller, Us, due to its many Easter eggs and secret messages. One of the main talking points that has people racking their brains is the notable presence of rabbits throughout the film. Peele has previously said that he actually does have a fear of rabbits, and it doesn't help that their ears have a similar twofold appearance to scissors. In December, he told Entertainment Weekly, "I think rabbits and scissors, they're both scary things to me, and both inane things, so I love subverting and bringing out the scariness in things you wouldn't necessarily associate with that." He also told Rotten Tomatoes that rabbits look like sociopaths if you stare at them long enough (which is kind of hilarious and also provides some backstory for his cameo in the film).
Naturally, there are multiple meanings behind these furry beings in Us, so let's break down the main connotations.
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Warning: major spoilers for Us ahead!
This one is a bit more surface level. Adelaide's (Lupita Nyong'o) tethered half, Red, explains that after the government stopped making replicas of people, the clones were left alone to fend for themselves. They were forced to eat rabbits — uncooked, might I add — in order to survive. So the cute little bunnies you see hopping around when they're out of their cages? Yeah, that's just a constant reminder of all the pain and suffering the Tethered have endured over the decades.
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Although the Tethered had to use the rabbits as food, it's also worth nothing that the animals share a connection with their fellow imprisoned humans. At the beginning of the movie, we see all of the hares locked up in cages (which are in rows of 11 — another hidden meaning!), but then they're free from captivity...
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