This week, Pixar’s new movie “Lightyear,” starring Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, hits theatres. Many Muslim countries including China, on the other hand, will not be able to see the film because Disney declined to remove a scene depicting a kiss between two women.
The first homosexual kiss to ever appear in a Disney film has been met with more excitement than anyone could have anticipated. It’s something that a lot of us wanted to see in Frozen: some people think that the song “Let It Go” by the ice princess is making a reference to being gay.
In Luca, where the love between the protagonists, Luca and Alberto, was at times even more palpable than that which the cowboys in Brokeback Mountain portrayed, many people were eagerly anticipating its arrival. We yearned for a kiss that would go down in history—one that was legendary, effervescent, and the product of a love that was defiant and passionate. It was going to be a kiss of vengeance, and it was going to be explosive.
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It would be one of those kisses that take place just before the fabled “The End,” when the screen goes from white to black behind the mouths of the lovers. It was a kiss that was going to win out in the end and take control of everything. Above all else, it was going to be the great kiss of the 21st century, undeniably the century of homosexual visibility and the century of the gender revolution, the moment when women fall in love and kiss for the first time and do all of this on the big screen. In other words, it was going to be the kiss that defined the 21st century. (Well, maybe not the entirety of it.)
As a result of the film’s first lesbian kiss, which appeared in the just-released Lightyear, the picture has been banned from being seen by minorities in 14 countries around the Middle East and Asia. It was 27 years ago when the kiss occurred.
The first Disney Pixar factory homosexual kiss acknowledges that it is years late. It’s a kiss from the ’90s. It dates back to the 20th century, not the 21st. How? Toy Story opens in 1995, when Andy, the main character, went to see the movie Lightyear. It was a movie that he viewed at the time. As a result, Lightyear isn’t the series’ climax but rather its prologue.
A kiss between two mature women who have been married for many years is also problematic in this story. We’re not in the midst of a political or ideological kiss at this point. This kiss isn’t meant to be a show-stopper or draw attention to itself. This is a very common courtesy. Thank you, Disney Pixar, for going above and beyond my wildest expectations when it comes to establishing the normalization of visibility.