Disney reverses censorship. the public of Lightyearthe prequel to the hit series toy story, you will be able to see two women kissing on the screen. This brief moment had been cut in one of the reviews of the tape that opens on June 17. The show of affection has been reincorporated into the footage at a time when the company headed by Bob Chapek is facing pressure and severe criticism from the LGTBIQ community for its lukewarm position on the controversial Florida law that prohibits teaching about sexual and gender diversity. in schools before the third grade.
Hawthorne, a female character who appears in Buzz Lightyear’s origin story, is in a relationship with another woman. The company had not altered the dynamic between the two, but it did remove the kiss between them from the screen, according to the magazine. Variety. This gesture of censorship would not be the first among Pixar productions, according to some employees in a communication made public last week. “We have seen beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from the Disney corporate overhaul in a crumbled version of what they were,” they said. The document did not specify which films had been altered. Lightyeardirected by Angus MacLane, it is now known, was among those affected.
Despite the gesture, Disney is far from quelling the controversy over its response to the Republican initiative approved in Florida. The issue has become a public relations nightmare for the company. Chapek opted for a more than discreet position, aware of the enormous influence that the entertainment giant has in the state, where it operates its most profitable amusement park and where it employs tens of thousands of people.
In an internal message, the CEO told employees on March 7 that Disney “unequivocally” defended the rights of minorities. “I think the best way our company can make lasting change is through the inspiring content we produce,” Chapek told them in a text arguing why a public company position on the rule was not necessary, which was approved by the local Congress.
Chapek’s words sparked anger among gay Disney employees, who reminded him that the company has not been shy about capitalizing on the pride movement despite barring such parades from its parks until recently. The workers also disapproved that the company made donations to Republican politicians who endorsed the law.
Chapek reversed his initial message a week ago. “Reading your messages and talking and meeting with you have helped me better understand how painful our silence is,” the executive said in an email. “This is not just about a law passed in Florida, but a new resistance to a basic human right. They needed me as an ally in this fight for equality and I let them down. I’m sorry,” Chapek apologized, adding that the company would cancel donations to politicians in the entity from that moment on. “We will immediately increase our assistance to lobbyists to fight similar legislation in other states,” the document said.
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This has not been enough for some circles of activism either. Human Rights Campaign, one of the largest minority rights organizations, rejected last week a donation of five million dollars from Disney until it makes a “public commitment” and works with LGTBQ organizations to eliminate initiatives like this. Pressure from industry and large corporations has borne fruit with similar regulations, as happened in North Carolina after a three-year legal battle with a law that forced transgenders to use the restrooms of their biological gender in public. “This should be the beginning of the company’s efforts and not the end,” said the organization’s president, Joni Madison.
Activists from the LGTBIQ community have called on company employees to join a demonstration outside the Burbank offices on Tuesday, March 22. Disney joins other entertainment giants like Netflix and Spotify, who recently have suffered internal revolts after ignoring the political views of many of his workers on issues that have erupted into public controversy.
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Disney recovers a lesbian kiss in a new film to curb criticism from the LGTBIQ collective