“Lightyear” star Chris Evans, who also played the iconic Captain America, does not pull punches in going after critics of gay content in his new Disney movie. He called people who disapprove of the kid film’s lesbian kiss “idiots” and said they will “die off like dinosaurs.”
The voice of Buzz Lightyear, who replaces Tim Allen in the starring role, digs in hard against “those people.” Evans says they are “afraid and unaware” and clinging to the past.
But, like the T-Rex, they face extinction.
Captain America continues by advising to “pay them no mind” and move on while celebrating “the growth that makes us human.”
The controversial same-sex kiss was initially cut from “Lightyear,” but that move was short-lived. Employees were furious that Disney donated $200,000 to Florida Republicans who supported the state’s ban on age inappropriate sex education for kids as small as kindergarteners.
“Lightyear” director Angus MacLane said executives asked for the kiss to be replaced during the animation process. He said that request was granted, and the scene became “the awkward handhold.”
However, an open letter from Pixar animators in March accused Disney of slicing “nearly every moment of gay affection” from its productions.
How times have quickly changed.
So, as an act of contrition to sooth the internal uprising, Disney reinstated the kiss on the lips between Buzz Lightyear’s lesbian commander Alisha and her partner. The “Toy Story” spinoff also highlights the family they started together.
MacLane further says the Buzz Lightyear character was convinced they were the hero, a “white savior narrative.” That, he says, is before Buzz realizes he was “sold something that wasn’t useful.”
Uzo Aduba, who voices Alisha, said “Lightyear’s” inclusion of the lesbian kiss “means everything” in the wake of Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law. Not everyone agrees.
The Disney-Pixar production will not be in theaters in 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Malaysia, and others. It is also not expected to be screened in China, the world’s largest market.
Meanwhile, “Lightyear” is anticipated to be a major summer blockbuster in the U.S. Meanwhile, the messaging that corporate media aims at children grows more open and more radical. Almost as if they are daring parents to take a stand.