The gay scene in “Lightyear” is not the only Disney controversy

A kiss between two women, which lasts just a few seconds, has provoked both criticism and censorship of the film in recent weeks. “Lightyear”.

While in countries like the United Arab Emirates the projection of the Disney and Pixar film was prohibited, in Peru a chain of cinemas had placed a warning about “gender ideology” that later had to be withdrawn.

However, it is not the first time that an animated film aimed at a mostly minor audience has suffered from comments about one of its characters or scenes.

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Forky

The character we met in “Toy Story 4” (2029) was created by Bonnie and is made with recycled materials such as a wooden fork and tongue depressors. When the tape was released, theories arose about whether it was an LGBT+ character since around him he has several signs that could refer to it:

On the one hand, the character does not identify himself as a toy but as trash, which could be taken as a reference to the fact that he is non-binary or transgender, added to this is the fact that there is a poster in which he is seen comparing himself to a fork and a spoon as if it did not know which one it belongs to, because, although it is made by a fork, it is not the classic style, but precisely a fork-spoon.

Finally, on one of his feet (made of tongue depressors) you can see a painted rainbow, an image that has been adopted as a symbol of the LGBT+ community.

These details were taken badly by Christian groups and at the time photos circulated on networks of people questioning whether or not they should watch the tape with their children.

LeFou

We had already known this character from “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) from the animated version of Disney, but for the live action there were some details that led to talk at the time that he was the protagonist of the first moment gay in a film from this production company.

Played by Josh Gad, LeFou has a couple of moments where he is attracted to another man with whom he dances in one of the final scenes, but this is all that happens in the film.

At the time director Bill Condon told the magazine Attitude that “LeFou is someone who one day wants to be Gastón and the next he wants to kiss Gastón… he doesn’t know what he wants. He doesn’t know that he has these feelings (towards Gastón).

“There is an exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie, it took a long time but this is a watershed moment for Disney.”

However, Josh himself spoke about it this year with the media independent and pointed out that it was not enough:

“We didn’t go far enough to deserve praise, we didn’t go far enough to say ‘look how brave we are.’ My regret for what happened is that it became ‘Disney’s first explicitly gay moment’ and it was never meant to be. It was never meant to be a moment we should be commending ourselves for, because frankly, I don’t think we did justice to what a real gay character in a Disney movie should be. If we’re going to pat ourselves on the back, dammit, we should have gone further with that. Everyone deserves the chance to see themselves on screen, and I don’t think we’ve done enough.”

Read also: “Retrograde”, says producer of “Lightyear” to countries that canceled the movie

Although it was not enough for the community, it was for conservative groups because there were theaters in the United States that did not want to show the film.

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After the first film of “Frozen” hit theaters in late 2013, there were Christian groups that were scandalized and pointed out to Disney, in a negative way, for giving a gay message. Months after the premiere, the statements of Pastor Kevin Swanson, of the Reform Church, went viral, who, through the radio program he broadcast in Colorado, United States, pointed out that it was an evil film.

“I think this precious little movie is going to indoctrinate my five-year-old daughter to be a lesbian or for homosexuality or bestiality to be seen in a positive light,” was one of her comments.

“If I were the devil, what would I do to screw up an entire social system and do something very, very evil to five-, six-, seven-year-olds in American Christian families? If I were the devil, I would have bought Disney.”

The religious’s statements came after an article published by another Catholic group where they said that the tape was full of themes of “homosexual culture”, for example due to the character of Elsa and her lack of interest in male characters. Old Oaken’s family (who shows them in one scene and implies that he has a husband) was also criticized and all kinds of responses from religious groups against the film emerged.

However, in 2019, the requests from the community for Elsa to be confirmed as a homosexual character went away with the premiere of the second film.

According to the newspaper The country In that year, for groups such as the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans and Bisexuals (FELGTB) it was important that one of the characters with the greatest impact on children could be presented as a lesbian woman, but this did not happen.

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Alisha Hawthorne

The astronaut is Buzz’s best friend in the film “Lightyear” and has been the subject of criticism and controversy around the film. (Spoiler alert)

In her character development we see how Alisha builds her family when her community is stranded on a strange planet. Alisha has a female partner with whom she marries, she gets pregnant and they give birth to a boy, who grows up giving them a granddaughter who is the character Buzz knows (because Buzz hasn’t aged that much thanks to the trips spaces that for him last minutes but for the people of the planet last years).

One of the most moving moments of the film is when we see how Alisha’s life unfolds and between these scenes there is a small kiss that occurs with her partner.

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