It used to be that parents could take their children to any Disney film and know that it was child appropriate. These days, parents might be wise to preview even Disney movies first.
The Walt Disney Company has not been able to obtain permission to show its newest movie “Lightyear” in 14 Middle Eastern and Asian countries and China may refuse it too, reports Yahoo! News. The reason is that the movie contains a same sex marriage and a scene in which the two married women kiss.
Ben Shapiro tweeted: “Disney works to push a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” and seeks to add “queerness” to its programming, according to executive producer Latoya Raveneau. Parents should keep that in mind before deciding whether to take their kids to see “Lightyear,” which hits theaters this week.”
“Lightyear” is a prequel to “Toy Story.” Chris Evans is the voice of lead character, Buzz Lightyear. In “Lightyear,” Buzz’s close friend is a female space ranger who marries another woman. There is a scene that includes a brief kiss between the couple.
“The United Arab Emirates said the couple’s relationship violated the country’s media content standards. Homosexuality is considered criminal in many Middle Eastern countries,” reported Yahoo! News.
Of the rejection by some countries of the film, producer Galyn Susman said, “We’re not going to cut out anything, especially something as important as the loving and inspirational relationship that shows Buzz what he’s missing by the choices that he’s making, so that’s not getting cut.” The kiss scene, however, was originally cut from the film, but added back after uproar surrounding a statement from Pixar employees claiming that Disney had been censoring overtly gay affection and Disney CEO’s handling of Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.
Parents have a right to choose the type of content their children watch. Some parents don’t think their children are ready for an introduction into different types of sexuality. Should Disney put a warning on movies that include same-sex romantic relationships?