The Walt Disney Co. had no problem mobilizing leftist LGBTQ activists to fight Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Somehow, though, it seems doubtful the entertainment giant will do the same overseas.
Disney, some of whose executives have cheered the inclusion of LGBTQ activism in its children’s movies, kept a lesbian-kissing scene in the new animated feature film “Lightyear,” the latest in the iconic “Toy Story” franchise that opened on Friday.
As a consequence, according to the conservative Media Research Center, at least 14 predominantly Muslim countries banned the film.
Some of those nations include Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.
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As the Associated Press reported, “Many Muslims consider gays and lesbians to be sinful. In some parts of the Arab world, members of the LGBTQ community have been arrested and sentenced to prison. Some countries even maintain the death penalty.”
Disney, as a company, does not appear to have responded to the ban in Muslim countries. Which is a far cry from the company’s reaction to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.
The law prohibits public school districts and classroom teachers from implementing lesson plans focused on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.
In March, before it became law, the company issued a statement about the measure, saying, “The biggest impact we can have in creating a more inclusive world is through the inspiring content we produce,” including that which caters to the LGBTQ community.
After weeks of silence, Disney came out and said the law should never have been passed and vowed to have it repealed in the Legislature or overturned in the courts.
Regarding “Lightyear,” Disney’s muted reaction to the ban in Muslim nations was not shared by the film’s main actor, Chris Evans.
In an interview last week after the UAE announced it would ban “Lightyear,” Evans called critics of the lesbian scene “idiots.”
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“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 added. “I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.”
While Disney’s open embrace and advocacy of the LGBTQ agenda may not be the entire reason, it’s clear “Lightyear” did not meet expectations.
In its opening weekend, the film made about $86 million worldwide, which included 43 overseas markets. That equated to the high end of its anticipated haul just in the U.S.