After much expectation, the Pixar movie 'Lightyear' is finally out promising a lot of adventures for kids who are being introduced to the character as for the adults who grew up with the beloved astronaut in the Toy Story saga.
But not everything is as smooth as it sounds because Lightyear is facing criticism due a same-sex kiss scene that was included with critics saying that it was a forced scene and even that Pixar is now only doing it to promote a gay agenda.
After this, Chris Evans who voiced Buzz Lightyear is defending the movie and saying the critics saying this are idiots, among other things. "The real truth is those people are idiots," said Evans in an interview with Reuters.
He continued explaining that critics who think this are like dinosaurs in old age. "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," he said. "I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human."
Chris Evans, who is well known for her role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, went on to praise Disney and Pixar for their efforts in raising awareness and representation on their projects.
"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," Evans said.
The scene that is causing the drama is one where a new character is introduced, Alisha Hawthorne, a female space ranger voiced by Uzo Aduba. At some point, she is remembering her life and one scene shows her kissing her wife.
The scene was first cut from the movie but later reinstated after a statement from Pixar employees claimed that Disney had been censoring “overtly gay affection.” Chris Evans also spoke about this after it was added again in the movie. "It's great that it's back in the film," he told Vanity Fair. "I think it's a shame that it's such a story. It should be more normalized, but I'm glad we are making those steps."
Despite this, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have banned Lightyear due to the scene. According to them, Lightyear is "not licensed for public screening in all cinemas in the UAE, due to its violation of the country's media content standards."