Brown Bunny Scene Controversy: Morally Degrading or an Art Piece

Brown Bunny Scene

Brown Bunny was already a controversial movie when it came out. The depiction of oral sex in the movie rattled the audiences and critics alike. However, some considered it an art piece and believed it worthy of playing in museums. However, this did not sway the general public, and a controversy was born. We are here to answer all the questions about Brown Bunny Scene in this article. So keep reading on!


Vincent Gallo wrote, directed, produced, photographed, and edited the 2003 experimental road drama film The Brown Bunny. It tells the story of a bike racer on a cross-country drive haunted by memories of his former lover and stars Gallo and Chlo Sevigny. It was videotaped with handheld 16 mm cameras in several states, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio, Missouri, Utah, Nevada, and California. 


After a race in New Hampshire, motorcycle racer Bud Clay embarks on a cross-country journey to compete in one in California. Bud meets three women on his journey, but he appears to be a lost soul. He is haunted by his former lover’s memories and can’t form an emotional connection with any of them.

Bud’s next stop is Daisy’s parent’s house, the location of Daisy’s brown bunny. In Vegas, he goes around prostitutes on street corners before asking one of them, Rose, to join him for lunch. Next, Bud stops at a pet shelter and questions the life expectancy of rabbits. He rides his motorcycle to the Bonneville Speedway. Daisy’s mother has no recollection of Bud, who grew up next door, nor of having visited Bud and Daisy in California.

She appears nervous, going to the bathroom twice to smoke crack cocaine while Bud sits on his bed waiting for her. Bud tells her he no longer drinks because of what happened between them as she proposes to go out to get something to drink.

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They disagree about Daisy kissing other men. Bud undresses Daisy at this point, and she fellates him. Bud asks Daisy why she was involved with some men at the party, and she explains that she was being friendly and wanted to smoke marijuana with them. He is upset because Daisy was pregnant then, and the baby died due to what happened at the party.

The viewer learns from flashback scenes that Daisy was raped at the party. Bud wakes up alone the following day; his encounter with Daisy has been a figment of his imagination. The film concludes with Bud driving his truck in California.


  • Vincent Gallo as Bud Clay
  • Chloë Sevigny as Daisy
  • Cheryl Tiegs as Lilly
  • Elizabeth Blake as Rose
  • Anna Vareschi as Violet
  • Mary Morasky as Mrs. Lemon

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After its world premiere at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, the film received widespread media attention due to its explicit final scene, in which Sevigny performs unsimulated fellatio on Gallo. It was reportedly mocked, with the crowd jeering every time Gallo’s name appeared during the credits.

Gallo took a defiant stance upon his return to the United States, defending the movie and creating a new edit that clarified and tightened the storyline. A verbal spat ensued between film critic Roger Ebert and Gallo, with Ebert writing that The Brown Bunny was perhaps the worst film in the history of Cannes. Gallo retorted by calling Ebert a “fat pig with the physique of a slave trader.” Ebert retorted, “It is true that I may be fat, but one day I will be thin, and you will still be the director of The Brown Bunny,” paraphrasing Winston Churchill. 

Ebert said that watching a colonoscopy video was more entertaining than watching The Brown Bunny.  Gallo later stated that the hex was placed on Ebert’s prostate. He intended the comment to be a joke that a journalist misinterpreted. He also conceded that Ebert’s colonoscopy comment was a funny comeback.

A shorter, re-edited version of the film was shown later in 2003 at the Toronto International Film Festival (though it still included the controversial sex scene). Some praised the new performance, including Ebert, who gave it three stars out of four. Ebert gave the latest version of the film a “thumbs up” rating on August 28, 2004, episode of the television show Ebert & Roeper. Ebert reported in a column published around the same time that he and Gallo had agreed.

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