Complaint points out that Disney censors affection between LGBTQIA+ characters

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The animations of the Pixar studio, which is part of the Walt Disney Company, are known to move audiences, whether adults or children. But all is not perfect as seen in the movies.

In a letter attributed to “LGBTQIA+ employees of Pixar and their allies,” published by the journal Varietythe teams claim that Pixar’s corporate executives order that “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection” by the characters be cut from their films.

“We at Pixar have personally witnessed great stories, full of diverse characters, returning from reviews of Disney management reduced and crumbled from what they originally were,” the letter reads. “Even if creating LGBTQIA+ content was the answer to overturning discriminatory laws around the world, we are prevented from creating it.”

The statement comes shortly after Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, issued a statement to all employees on Monday, following the passage in Florida of the anti-LGBTQIA+ bill known as “Don’t Say Gay”. Disney World Headquarters.

In the text, the executive says that the biggest impact the company can have is “creating a more inclusive world comes through the inspiring content we produce.” However, this does not seem to be applied in practice.

Pixar employees say that stance is inconsistent with experiences they’ve had trying to address diversity issues in stories. The official letter, which is undated, however, asks Disney to withdraw financial assistance from all politicians who supported the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and to “take a decisive public stand” against the legislation and similar bills in other parts of the world. country.

Pixar has been owned by Disney since 2006, when it was acquired by the movie giant. There are very few openly LGBTQIA+ characters in the studio’s animations, and they had almost no prominence in the film’s plots.

Disney’s first openly gay character was a Cyclops policewoman, seen in “Two Brothers: A Fantastic Journey” (2020). At one point she said, “It’s not easy being a new mum – my girlfriend’s daughter made me pull my hair out, okay? “. However, due to the scene, the film was banned in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In Russia, the word “girlfriend” was replaced with “partner” in the dubbing.

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That same year, the studio released the short film “Out” about a man who has trouble telling his parents he’s gay. In addition to this, Pixar released a short film, “Secredos Mágicos”, a production which was published in Disney Plus, about a gay man who struggles to date his parents. “Luca” was another film that took on this theme in a slightly lighter way, but very much depicted how society reacts to what is different.

Pixar’s latest animated feature, “Red Growing Up,” which debuts on Disney Plus on March 11, will also tackle sensitive topics such as discovering sexuality in adolescence.

In the face of controversy, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has publicly stated that the company will take a new stand against sectarian law not only in Florida, but also across the United States, aimed at preventing the proliferation of similar projects against human rights. .

Chapek spoke publicly Wednesday about Disney’s opposition to the discriminatory bill. He announced that Disney would donate $5 million to the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBTQIA+ rights organizations, and that he would meet with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Governor DeSantis promised me that he wanted to make sure that this law could not be weaponized in any way by individuals or groups in the state to harm or unduly target gay, lesbian, non-gay children and families. binary or transgender,” the Disney CEO said.

However, the late positioning did not please many people. The Human Rights Campaign, in defense of the LGBTQIA+ community, announced that it would refuse to accept the donation until really significant steps were taken to fight the bill.

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