Disney found itself at the center of controversy after its employees revealed how the company was handling the issue of legislation”don’t say gay“; which took place in the state of Florida. Now, following this incident, Pixar has decided to restore a kiss between two women in his new animated film, Light year. Said fuck, as commented from Varietyhad been eliminated during the editing of the film.
On March 9, Pixar Animation Studios employees belonging to and allied with the LGBTQ+ community, sent a statement to the Walt Disney Company. In the letter, the group of people accused the company of actively censoring the “openly gay affection” in his productions.
Pixar’s statement makes no mention of any particular production. However, it came as part of a protest against Disney executives due to the company’s silence on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
Fortunately, looks like Pixar’s move made a difference. Those responsible for the animated film decided to recreate the kiss between two women in Light year.
Disney and its low LGBTQ+ representation
Besides the silence on the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, Disney has been widely decried for several years by various militant sectors due to its disappointing LGBTQ+ representation. Whether it’s two characters kissing in the background (as seems to be the case with Pixar with Light year); Where an intuitive relationship but never mentioned explicitly; the company has failed to deliver real, vibrant inclusion.
Do you remember Poe Dameron and Finn in the last trilogy of star wars? Well, that’s precisely the problem with Disney. The company focuses on create these “alchemies” between characters of the same sex using hidden narratives that never end in anything. A kind of queer meet the control List of “inclusion” and fan service. Of course that not the same case for straight characterswho we’ve heard of since the early days of Disney animation, and who we’ve seen loving, kissing and marrying explicitly on many occasions.
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Additionally, at an event pairing Disney Plus with TikTok, the company launched a voice-over package. so that users can use in your videos. With this integration we could use the voices of such beloved characters as Stitch and Chewbacca to read any text we like. However, users were very surprised to find out that this tool refused to say words as “queer”, “gay” or “lesbian”.
The problem, unfortunately, is with Disney. Voices within the TikTok platform you can say any of these words without any mishap. However, those included by Disney skip any phrase that expresses sexuality. These types of positions, among others, are the ones that are starting to tire people out at Pixar and other divisions of the company.
What is Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill?
The Florida Senate Committee on Education passed new legislation and one that has been widely controversial. With him, he seeks to prevent schools in the region from teaching students about sexual orientation and gender issues. In case of non-compliance with the rules, teachers could be involved in lawsuits.
Although the nickname of said project is “Don’t Say Gay”, its official name is Senate Bill 1834″Parental rights in education“ (Parental rights in education). The description of this law states: “A school district cannot encourage class discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary classrooms or in a way that is not age or developmentally appropriate. »
The bill has drawn widespread criticism in Florida and out of state, with opponents saying it would effectively silence the voices of vulnerable LGBTQ+ students and hinder or harm their personal development, while potentially violating the freedom of expression and First Amendment rights of education workers. .
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the presidency of the united states spoke out against this legislation. Through posts on his official Twitter account, the nation’s president, Joe Biden, declared his support for the LGBTQ+ community in these times:
I want all members of the LGBTQI+ community, especially children who will be affected by this hateful bill, to know that they are loved and accepted for who they are. I care about you, and my administration will always fight for the protections and security you deserve.
If the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation eventually becomes law, It will enter into force on the first day of July.. This way, all school district plans will need to be updated by June 2023.
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