After fiery backlash from the LGBTQ+ community, Disney Corporation is reportedly keeping a same-sex kiss scene in the upcoming children’s feature ‘Lightyear.’ The film chronicles the origin story behind the character that became a global phenomenon featured in the ‘Toy Story’ films and sequels.
From Fox News:
A first look at Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” on Wednesday confirmed a same-sex kiss had been restored following recent controversy.
The kiss occurred in the first 30 minutes of the movie, which was shown to an audience Wednesday at CinemaCon, according to USAToday.
The kiss was reportedly removed and then reinstated after backlash over the lack of response from Disney over Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The bill bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through the third grade.
The moment occurs between the character Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) and her partner in the animated film.
The “Lightyear” character isn’t the first LGBTQ-oriented character in a Pixar film.
The most prominent character is a cyclops police officer named Specter featured in the animated film “Onward.” At one point in the film the character says, “It’s not easy being a new parent – my girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out, okay?”