Actor Chris Evans (Captain America), who voices the title character in the new Pixar animated film Lightyear, clapped back at anti-LGBTQ folks who criticized a brief same-sex kiss in the movie.
Lightyear’s anti-gay critics can buzz off, says Chris Evans https://t.co/fHvk6RLNlO
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 15, 2022
Evans voices “Buzz Lightyear,” a legendary space ranger, in the prequel to Pixar’s acclaimed Toy Story franchise.
From The Guardian:
“The real truth is those people are idiots,” Evans said. “Every time there’s been social advancement as we wake up, the American story, the human story is one of constant social awakening and growth and that’s what makes us good.”
Lightyear was banned in the United Arab Emirates because it depicts homosexuality, and Disney has been unable to secure permission to show it in 13 other Middle Eastern and Asian countries, including Saudi Arabia.
Buzz’s close friend in the film is a female space ranger who marries another woman. A scene showing milestones in the couple’s relationship includes a brief kiss.
“There’s always going to be people who are afraid and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But those people die off like dinosaurs,” Evans said. “I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.”
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‘The real truth is those people are idiots’: Chris Evans and the cast of ‘Lightyear’ react to criticism of the Pixar animated film for featuring a same-sex couple https://t.co/9CU8O749HI pic.twitter.com/OFLdCTNw3w
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 15, 2022
Chris Evans: Homophobic #Lightyear Critics Are ‘Idiots’ Who Will ‘Die Off Like Dinosaurs’ https://t.co/Ocp5C0qy7M
— Variety (@Variety) June 15, 2022
Chris Evans speaks on Disney removing and then restoring a same-sex kiss in #Lightyear
“It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion … The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm”
(via @Variety) pic.twitter.com/GJ0PR5HeKS
— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) June 14, 2022