Although he is the main star of one of the last versions of disneythe series moon knightgiven wonderful studios (belonging to the House of Mickey), Oscar Isaac didn’t hold back from speaking out against the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The proposal, approved or in the process of being approved in several American states, aims to prohibit schools and teachers from acknowledging the existence of LGBTQIA+ people. Recently, it was revealed that Disney executives funded congressional campaigns supporting the text.
“I think my comment will be: gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gayyyyyy”said Isaac to Varietysinging during an interview to promote the series Marvel Cinematic Universe (mcu). “It’s an absolutely ridiculous law. It’s insane. It’s madness. And I hope that Disney, as a company, will take a stand and take a strong stand against this idea. It’s appalling that it even exists in this country.”.
Interpreter of the main antagonist of Moon Knight, Ethan Hawke preferred not to talk about the law, in particular, but underlined the importance of LGBTQIA + representation in pop culture. “My life’s work is dedicated to creating empathy”said the actor. “I feel the power of the stories we tell each other. If you tell the truth about the human experience, you invite empathy. And the more places we light up, the less dark places there are and the less we have reasons to be afraid. We understand each other’s experiences, the more humanity we find in them and the better we feel. So that’s my job..
This Tuesday (22), Disney employees staged in-person and virtual protests against Disney’s unsatisfactory response to anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation. “We think it’s important to us storytellers that everyone’s truth be told, so that people see it and recognize it. We think this bill in Florida denies that to a lot of the population. today.”said Beth Osisek, vice president of content development at Hulu, as The envelope.
Also on Tuesday, Disney+ was the newest member of Walt Disney Company to denounce the “Don’t Say Gay” project. At Twitterthe stream said:
“Disney+ supports our LGBTQIA+ employees, colleagues, families, storytellers and fans, and we strongly oppose any legislation that violates the basic human rights of people in the LGBTQIA+ community – especially legislation that targets and harms young people and their families. We strive to create a service that reflects the world we live in, and our hope is to be a source of inclusivity, empowerment, and authentic stories that unite us in our common humanity.”
Since news broke of Disney’s support for “Don’t Say Gay” politicians, conglomerate employees, including Pixardemonstrate publiclyand denounce leaders demanded censorship of scenes of affection between LGBTQIA+ characters.
In effect, there are very few LGBTQIA+ characters in the studio’s animations, the most notable being Spectre, from Two brothers. The character’s sexual orientation is mentioned in passing, when she is on the phone with her girlfriend. The moment, brief and inconsequential to the plot, was enough to the film was banned in some Middle Eastern countries.
Faced with the tense atmosphere, Disney is trying to react. Recently, the Variety revealed that the company had banned a kiss between a homosexual couple in light year, the derivative of toy storybut backtracked after the events of the past few weeks.