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on time light years It could not be better. Or maybe worse.based on Toy Story Action figure Pixar’s latest entry is the story of Buzz Lightyear, an intrepid space ranger determined to fulfill his mission and save a group of people he believes are stranded on a distant planet. But, in true Pixar fashion, Buzz’s journey represents a quest to learn from mistakes and embrace shortcomings. For some, however, there’s another message that they can’t seem to accept: queerness exists.
light yearsThe film, which hits theaters in the U.S. today, is already facing bans in several Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries because it kisses between two women — Buzz’s commander Alisha Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her wife. And in the US, which is currently LGBTQ+ Pride month, the film finds itself in the middle of a culture war over whether it’s okay to talk to kids about people they’ve met and will see their whole lives.
Disney likely knew this was coming. Back in March, type The studio cut off the kiss at one point, but only resumed it after an outcry from employees, the report said. This comes amid the company’s disappointing response to Florida’s “don’t speak gay” bill. At the time, Disney held a virtual all-hands meeting where Latoya Raveneau, one of the company’s executive producers, defended Mouse House, saying everyone welcomed her “completely unsecret gay agenda” “.When video of Raveneau’s remarks leaked, she became what Michelle Goldberg said she was New York Times, “A national object of right-wing anger and disgust.”
Fast forward to this week and conservative commentators are paying attention to the rhetoric, Say “Parents should keep this in mind before deciding whether to take their children to see light years. Meanwhile, Buzz voiceover Chris Evans called those who react negatively to the portrayal of queerness in the film “idiots,” adding that “our goal is to ignore it.” They, step forward, and embrace what makes us human. “
it’s all here In (another) worrying time for LGBTQ+ rights. In addition to Florida’s “Don’t Say Homosexual” bill, which bans sexuality and gender identity education in kindergarten through third grade classrooms and was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis in late March, there are currently Several other measures are making their way through state legislatures. . Many of them target trans people and focus on queer and queer topics in schools. On Saturday, police in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, arrested 31 members of the white nationalist group the Patriot Front on charges of plotting to riot at a Pride event. On the same day, several people — one of them wearing a “Kill Your Local Pedophile” T-shirt — disrupted drag queen story time at the Bay Area library. Meanwhile, the “Hide the Pride” effort aims to remove LGBTQ+-friendly books from the library.