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Oklahoma Theater Removes Gay Kiss Warning Sign From ‘Lightyear’

The notice outside the 89er Theater in Kingfisher warned parents of a scene that depicts two female characters sharing a brief kiss, according to CNN affiliate KTUL.

“The management of this theater discovered after booking ‘Lightyear’ that there was a gay kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar film,” the sign reads. “We’ll do everything we can to move quickly through this scene, but that may not be accurate.”

Barry Reid, one of the theater’s owners, told CNN the sign was removed and the scene was not censored in any screenings.

“It was an internal error and it has been corrected,” he said. “This will not happen again.”

“Lightyear,” a spinoff of the beloved “Toy Story” franchise, tells the origin story of legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear, who inspired the toy in the original movies. The fact that the film features a gay kiss is notable for Disney, which has long been reluctant to explicitly portray LGBTQ+ characters. In fact, the kiss was pushed back inside the studio and was originally cut from the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was restored when the company was criticized for its lukewarm response to Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill – which bans certain instructions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the room. of class and inspired similar bills in other states.
Several countries, including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have banned “Lightyear” from cinemas due to the inclusion of gay kissing. CNN has contacted Disney for comment.
GLAAD, an organization that advocates for nuanced LGBTQ+ representation in the media, called attempts to censor the scene are unacceptable.
“Lightyear is a great addition to the recent advancements seen in children’s and family films, television series and books that represent all families, including families with LGBTQ parents,” said the President and CEO. of GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis, in a statement. “Alisha is an inspirational and heroic character who is a good friend to Buzz, a brave Space Ranger, a loving wife, and a wonderful mother and grandmother. Children with two mothers will see a family like theirs in this film. We We’re happy to see Disney standing firm behind their LGBTQ storytelling.”

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