By Harmeet Kaur, CNN
An Oklahoma movie theater has removed a warning sign it originally put up about a same-sex kiss in the new Disney/Pixar film Lightyear.
According to CNN affiliate KTUL, the notice outside the ’89 Theater in Kingfisher warned parents about a scene in which two female characters share a brief kiss.
“The management of this theater discovered after booking ‘Lightyear’ that there was a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar film,” read the sign. “We’ll do everything we can to fast forward this scene, but it may not be accurate.”
Barry Reid, one of the theater’s owners, told CNN that the sign had been removed and that the scene was not censored in any showings.
“It was an internal error that has been corrected,” he said. “It won’t happen again.”
A spin-off of the popular “Toy Story” franchise, “Lightyear” tells the origin story of the legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear, who inspired the toy in the original films. That the film features a same-sex kiss is notable for Disney, which has long shied away from explicitly portraying LGBTQ+ characters. In fact, the kiss was rejected in the studio and initially cut from the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It was restored as the company came under fire for its lukewarm response to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law — which bans certain instructions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom and has inspired similar laws in other states.
Several countries, including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have banned “Lightyear” from theaters for including the same-sex kiss. CNN has reached out to Disney for comment.
GLAAD, an organization dedicated to promoting differential LGBTQ+ representation in the media, has called Attempts to censor the scene are unacceptable.
“Lightyear is a great addition to recent advances seen in children’s and family films, television series and books that represent all families, including families with LGBTQ parents,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, in an explanation. “Alisha is an inspirational and heroic character who is a good friend of Buzz’s, a brave space ranger, a loving wife, and a great mother and grandmother. Children with two mothers will see a family like theirs in this film. We are pleased that Disney stands firmly behind its LGBTQ storytelling.”
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