Movie Theater Removes Sign Warning Parents of Same-Sex Kiss in ‘Lightyear’ Amid Backlash

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Left: Buzz Lightyear walks with Alisha Hawthorne in Lightyear. Right: A warning sign posted by an Oklahoma theater about the same-sex kiss in Lightyear.

After public backlash, a movie theater in Oklahoma reversed course on a controversial decision this week.

The 89’er Theater in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, posted a sign last week about the premiere of Pixar’s newest film, Lightyear, directed by Angus MacLane.

Chris Evans as Lightyear
Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Lightyear tells the story of Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans), the astronaut that inspired Andy’s favorite toy, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), in Toy Story (1995).

The film has garnered public attention after a same-sex kiss was removed and re-added to the film amid conflict between The Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his “Don’t Say Gay” law.

A warning sign about the same sex kiss in Lightyear.
Credit: KOCO News 5 ABC

The movie theater’s sign reads:

WARNING

Attention Parents: The management of this theatre discovered after booking “Lightyear” that there is a same-sex kissing scene within the first 30 minutes of the Pixar movie. 

We will do all that we can to fast-forward through that scene, but it might not be exact.

We apologize for any inconvenience this late discovery of this scene causes. 

The owner told ABC KOCO News 5 that the theater removed the sign and never fast-forwarded through the same-sex kiss in Lightyear. 

Pixar's Lightyear
Credit: Pixar Animation / Disney

Chris Evans, Lightyear’s star, expressed frustration that the kiss between two women was controversial, saying it should be “the norm.”

Evans later called homophobic critics of Lightyear “idiots” who will “die off like dinosaurs.” 

Related: Tim Allen Criticizes Disney’s Pro-LGBTQIA+ Stance Ahead of ‘Lightyear’ Premiere

Theaters in 14 Middle Eastern and East Asian countries have refused to show the film because Disney denied requests to censor the same-sex kiss.

More on Lightyear

Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear (left) and Uzo Aduba as Hawthorne (right)
Credit: Pixar Animation / Disney

Lightyear premiered in theaters on June 17 to mixed reviews and a $51 million opening weekend at the box office. From Disney:

From Disney and Pixar comes an animated sci-fi action-adventure — the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans), the hero who inspired the toy. “Lightyear” follows the legendary space ranger on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits, Izzy, Mo and Darby, and his robot companion Sox. As this motley crew embark on their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army who are never far behind.

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