A same-sex kiss cut from Pixar’s Toy Story prequel Lightyear has been reinstated after backlash over Disney’s response to Florida’s terrifying ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.
Disney has faced international criticism over its its political donations to Republicans pushing the bill, which would ban LGBT+ topics in classrooms, and for its lack of action in opposing the bill, prompting employee walk-outs and protests. Earlier this month, in an open letter addressed to Disney management, LGBT+ Pixar employed addressed the lacklustre response to the bill, and accused Disney of cutting “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection” from their films.
According to Variety, one of these moments was a same-sex kiss in Pixar’s upcoming film Lightyear, a Toy Story prequel that stars Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear. A character named Hawthorne, voiced by Uzo Aduba, is in a same-sex relationship in the film, but according “a source close to the production”, a kiss between the two characters was axed.