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Lightyear star calls critics of on-screen representation ‘idiots’

The star of the new Buzz Lightyear film says those critical of it because it features a gay kiss should be ignored.

June 15, 2022
By Rollo Ross
15 June 2022

LOS ANGELES: The new animated Pixar movie Lightyear features a gay couple, the latest step by Disney to show traditionally under-represented groups on the big screen.

Actor Chris Evans, who voices the main character in Lightyear, applauded moves to reflect all types of people and said those who react negatively should be disregarded.

“The real truth is those people are idiots,” Evans said ahead of the debut of Lightyear in theatres on Friday.

Lightyear cast members Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer and Chris Evans pose with British astronaut Tim Peake at the UK premiere of Lightyear. (Reuters/Maja Smiejkowska)

“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,” he added.

Lightyear was banned in the United Arab Emirates because it depicts homosexuality, and Disney has been unable to secure permission to show the movie in 13 other Middle Eastern and Asian countries.

The movie is Pixar’s imagining of the movie that inspired the toy version of Buzz Lightyear featured in the acclaimed Toy Story franchise.

Evans voices Buzz Lightyear, a legendary space ranger. 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.

The character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, in a scene from the animated film Lightyear. (Disney/Pixar via AP)

“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.”

Producer Galyn Susman asked why viewers “don’t get more upset showing failed relationships.”

In Lightyear, “We have a relationship here which lasts an entire lifetime. It’s loving, it’s supportive and it shows Buzz exactly what he doesn’t have and that’s the whole point.

“We should all be so lucky to have that kind of relationship in our life,” she added.

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