Disney has been in hot water the last couple of days after Bob Chapek's memo in relation to Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill was made public. For years now, the House of Mouse has been trying to establish a good relationship with the LGBTQ+ community but their evident silence amid the issue isn't sitting well with a lot of folks, especially their employees.
Also known as the Parental Rights in Education bill, the said legislation "prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels." Now, despite the massive outcry and backlash the company has been receiving as of late, it seems like Disney will continue to insist on its allegiance to the LGBTQ+ community.
According to a report from Variety, Pixar's upcoming 3D-animated film Lightyear will be restoring a same-sex kiss scene that was originally cut from the movie. Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba), one of the main characters is in a relationship with another woman. While their romance will remain an integral part of the film, an intimate scene featuring the two characters was initially removed only to be restored. As of writing, Disney has yet to address the matter.
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Well, I don't know about you but it's painfully obvious that this move is an attempt at damage control on Disney's part to make peace with the LGBTQ+ community but considering the controversy has already escalated, I don't think pandering to the community is the way to go. Besides, the main concern here is the company's silence amid the bill.
Starring Chris Evans as the titular character, Pixar's Lightyear will hit cinemas on June 17, 2022