Due to disappointment with Disney’s response to the bill, Pixar employees drafted a letter criticizing CEO Bob Chapek’s response and alleging that Disney has censored overtly gay affection in Pixar films. Now, it seems the controversy has led to a change in the upcoming Lightyear film.
According to Variety, a same-sex kiss that had been removed from the Lightyear film has been reinstated to the movie, per a source close to the production.
Lightyear (a film about the space hero that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy in Toy Story) features a significant character, Hawthorne, who is a woman in a meaningful relationship with another woman.
According to the source, the fact of the relationship was never in question at the studio but a kiss between the characters had been cut from the film prior to the recent reinstatement.
This character and moment is a new scope of representation for the studio. Pixar in the past has incorporated small moments of LGBTQ+ representation, but never an explicit kiss. Finding Dory features a brief shot of what appears to be a lesbian couple, Toy Story 4 shows two moms hugging their child, and Onward has a side character who mentions her girlfriend.
The inclusion of the lesbian police officer in Onward led to a change in the Russian release of the film and to the film being completely banned in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
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