Lightyear and a LGBTQ+ kiss
What is happening?
Pixar’s Lightyear has been generally panned by critics and moviegoers and its box office weekend saw it pull in less than expected. But the film is also making headlines for featuring a same sex couple – two women who in one scene briefly kiss.
What are the facts?
- Lightyear is a spin-off of the Toy Story film series, serving as an origin story for the character Buzz Lightyear.
- The film had a $200m budget and on opening weekend bought in $85.6m – the film has so far underperformed at box office.
- The film was not released in various, mostly Muslim-majority, countries, which include Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the United Arab Emirates, due to a scene featuring a same-sex kiss between two charachers.
- The scene was initially cut from the film in mid-March 2022, but following Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s opposition to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill and the internal polarizing uproar it caused within Disney, the scene was reinstated.
PinkNews says Lightyear star Keke Palmer has applauded the animated film’s LGBTQ+ representation for “depicting life and love the way that exists” in the world.
Arab News says Disney and Pixar’s latest movie “Lightyear,” which was slated for a June 16 release, has been banned in the UAE — one of the most liberal countries in the Arab World — over content, including a same-sex intimate scene.
The Independent says Cancel culture? Boo! It’s an attack on our freedoms by the terminally woke! There are limits, and sometimes we liberals go too far. We deserve a kicking. We deserve a Ted Cruz-approved cancellation.
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