‘Lightyear’ Same-Sex Kiss: Oklahoma Movie Theater Reverses Decision to Fast-Forward Through Scene
An Oklahoma theater that warned parents about a brief kiss between two female characters in the Disney/Pixar film Lightyear and promised to fast-forward through the scene has decided to screen the film in full after the news was shared online .
The notice on the front door of the 89er Theater in Kingfisher, Oklahoma read: "Warning. Attention Parents: The management of this theater found out after booking 'Lightyear' that there is a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes." They promised to try to fast-forward through the scene, but their efforts to keep the guests short Protecting liplock "may not be accurate."
The cinema's owner told local ABC broadcaster KOCO 5 on Tuesday that they had removed the sign and would not be fast-forwarding.
A woman who took her two sons into the film told KOCO that she didn't mind the scene. "When I looked at it, it wasn't a big deal. It was like two seconds. Maybe a second if you really pay attention.”
Chris Evans, who voices Buzz Lightyear, told Reuters earlier this month that people protesting the kiss that takes place between Alisha (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her partner are "idiots". He also told USA Today that this type of portrayal was "long overdue."
Aduba told USA Today, "This film treats love and these stories as they should, that they're not the whole of one person. It's addressed with the same simplicity that we address any kind of love, and I think that's the way it should be."
Disney originally cut the scene, but restored it after employees protested their initially lukewarm response to Florida's Don't Say Gay law, which has since been signed into law.
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