OK Theater backtracks on fast-forward threat through ‘Lightyear’ kiss: PHOTO

An Oklahoma movie theater reversed its initial decision to fast-forward through a same-sex kiss featured in the Disney film. Toys Story spin off, Light-year after significant online criticism.

The management team at the 89er Theater in Kingfisher, Oklahoma posted a sign on the theater’s front door warning parents about “a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes”, promising to move quickly, acknowledging their efforts to prevent customers seeing it “may not be accurate”.

An image of the plaque – which quickly went viral – can be seen below.

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The theater owner later told local news station KOCO 5 that he would show Light-year uninterrupted and the plate was removed.

At least one customer who spoke to the news outlet felt the fuss over characters sharing the same-sex kiss – one of whom, Hawthorne, is voiced by Orange is the new black actress Uzo Aduba – was exaggerated.

Jill Stuever, a woman who took her two children to see the film, said the scene “was like two seconds, maybe a second if you were really paying attention.”

Stuever is correct, as you can see below.

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The news that the signal has been removed was widely welcomed.

But the theater owners weren’t above more criticism.

Disney initially bowed to the pearl homophobic over the scene.

They chose to restore it after backlash from LGBTQ+ employees at their Pixar division, who said they had “personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, coming back from Disney’s corporate critiques reduced to crumbs of what they once were.”

Earlier this week, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz commented on the film by complaining about “lesbian toys”.

Cruz added that “last I checked, most toys are somewhat androgynous” and “generally lack genitalia.” He suggested that if Disney is to make films with this content, it should choose to only show it on Cinemax, a network Disney does not own.

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