Disney restores same-sex kissing in Pixar’s Light Year

“Even though the creation of LGBTQIA + content was the answer to the world’s discriminatory legislation, we are forbidden to create it.”

With Chris Evans as a space cadet, Light year He also portrays Uzo Aduba as a female character, Hawthorne, who is described as being in a relationship with another woman.

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Variety reports that a kiss between Hawthorne and her partner was originally cut from the film – but has now been dropped.

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The sudden change is related to Disney’s response – or, initially, lack thereof – to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida.

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The recently passed bill “prohibits” teaching in the classroom “on sexual orientation or gender identity for students in kindergarten through third grade and teaching” in a manner that is not age-appropriate or inappropriate for development. students ”.

Obviously, Disney has a massive corporate presence in the state with Walt Disney World – but many inside and outside the company have been disappointed by their initial lack of response.

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“We all share the same goal of a more tolerant and respectful world,” said Disney CEO Bob Chapek in a note that drew widespread criticism. “Where we can differ is in the tactics to get there. And because this fight is much bigger than any bill in a single state, I think the best way our company can make lasting changes is through the inspiring content we produce, the welcoming culture we create. and the various community organizations we support. . ”

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“Talking to you, reading your messages, and meeting you helped me better understand how painful our silence was,” he wrote. “Clearly, this is not just a Florida bill, it is still a challenge to fundamental human rights. You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights, and I disappointed you. I am sorry. . “

A few days before Chapek’s apology, Pixar employees released a statement claiming that Disney directors had actively censored the “gay open affection” in their films over the years.

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“We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, returning from Disney’s corporate reviews, scraped to shreds of what they once were,” the letter said. “Even though the creation of LGBTQIA + content was the answer to the world’s discriminatory legislation, we are forbidden to create it.”

So it seems that the recent decision around Light year is a response to these allegations – a small step for a company that has a long way to go.

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Read more about Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill here.