Disney’s latest animated movie, “Lightyear,” has been postponed due to controversial content. An elementary school has written to parents informing them of the change. In the letter, the school has given an alternative movie for the kids to view.
The animated story contains a kiss by a lesbian couple, making the movie questionable. Chris Evans is the main character, Buzz.
St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary School organized the trip on June 22, which set the students from junior kindergarten to grade 3 were set to see ‘Lightyear’ at Cineplex Cinemas. The school sent a digital note to parents explaining the change of the movie “Lightyear” to “Sing 2”.
Parents were informed the movie had questionable content, which the school didn’t explain. The letter also gave parents the liberty to ask for a refund if they were not okay with the move.
What are the questionable contents in Lightyear?
The film depicts a female character, voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, kissing her female partner, with actor Chris Evans playing the inspiration for the “Toy Story” action figure, Buzz Lightyear.
According to a school spokesperson, “The language, humor, and overall content of the film were age-inappropriate and unrelated to the curriculum.” CTV News Toronto told people what the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board had to say.
“Disney in Conflict”
Disney has recently faced protests from its staff and activists regarding CEO Bob Chapek’s slow public criticism of Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Pixar had taken the scene out of the movie before, but it was put back in after employees from Pixar protested Disney’s response to Florida’s bill.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law in March, which prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity education is taught in kindergarten through third grade.
More countries have banned Lightyear.
Thirteen more nations are set to ban US $200 million movies. Many Muslim-majority countries have criminalized same-sex encounters. The nations where the movie is not to be shown include Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE is a Muslim-led nation that hasn’t legalized same-sex relationships. Disney has to censor distribution to the Middle East market.
Chris Evans has termed the move as frustrating, as many other nations are set to bar the movie. At the same time, Evans told The Associated Press how satisfying it is to be part of something making a social impact, though it causes bittersweet frustration sometimes.
Disney Inc. is yet to release a statement pertaining the movie. And the officials are yet to be reached to make a comment.