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A first look at Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” on Wednesday confirmed that a gay kiss has been reinstated following recent controversy.
The kiss happened within the first 30 minutes of the film, which was shown to an audience Wednesday at CinemaCon, according to USAToday.
The kiss was reportedly deleted and then reinstated after a backlash over Disney’s lack of response to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. The bill prohibits the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.
The moment happens between Alisha Hawthorne’s character (Uzo Aduba) and her partner in the animated film.
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The “Lightyear” character isn’t the first LGBTQ-oriented character in a Pixar film.
The most important character is a cyclops policeman named Specter featured in the animated movie “Onward”. At one point in the film, the character says, “It’s not easy being a new parent – my girlfriend’s daughter made me pull my hair out, okay?”
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The restoration of the same-sex kiss comes after Pixar employees accused Disney of censoring same-sex affection in Pixar movies.
Disney executives wanted to cut “nearly every moment of openly gay affection…regardless of when there are protests from Pixar’s creative teams and management,” according to an employee letter sent to Disney and obtained by Variety. .
“We at Pixar have personally witnessed great stories, full of diverse characters, returning from the corporate critics of Disney shattered to what they once were,” the letter read.
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“Even if creating LGBTQIA+ content was the answer to correcting discriminatory legislation around the world, we are prohibited from creating it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.