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“Lightyear” actor Chris Evans, who stars in Walt Disney’s new Pixar film, has responded to critics who say the film’s kissing scene between two female characters pushes a pro-gay agenda.
“The real truth is that these people are idiots,” Evans said in an interview with Reuters Television.
In the film, Evans voices the character Buzz Lightyear, whose story inspires an action figure of the same name in the “Toy Story” franchise.
“Whenever there has been waking social progress, American history, human history is one of constant social awakening and growth and that is what makes us good,” added Evans.
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The comment comes as some critics of the film have argued that the decision to include LGBTQ depiction and a scene with a married gay couple kissing in a film aimed at children was intentional.
The on-screen kiss takes place between Hawthorne, a female lead voiced by Uzo Aduba, and another female character.
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He was reportedly removed from the film earlier this year, amid controversy over Disney’s silence over Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill that banned conversations about LGBTQ identity in K-classrooms. 12, Variety reported in March this year, citing “a source close to the production.” The scene, however, was eventually restored to the film.
“Lightyear” plays in select theaters Thursday ahead of a worldwide release Friday.
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It will not air in the UAE or Malaysia, due to the on-screen gay kiss.
The film “is not allowed to be publicly screened in all cinemas in the United Arab Emirates, due to its violation of the country’s media content standards”, the Ministry of Youth and Youth Affairs’ media regulatory office said. UAE Culture in a tweet.
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“The office confirms that all films screened in theaters across the country are tracked and evaluated prior to the public screening date, to ensure the safety of the content released according to the classification of ‘age appropriate,’ the tweet adds.
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