A small town cinema has sparked widespread outrage over a sign in their window about a controversial scene in the new Disney/Pixar movie Lightyear.
A brief kiss between two same-sex characters in the first half of the movie caused management to issue a warning and even an apology to parents in the town of Kingfisher in the US state of Oklahoma.
In a now-viral photo of the typed poster, it 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 apologise for any inconvenience this late discovery of this scene causes.”
The scene shows two female characters sharing a peck on the lips before they walk away from the camera, with one placing her arm on her partner’s back.
Social media users were horrified at the decision of the cinema’s management, sharing their thoughts online.
“I just don't get it, I'm so tired. Where do they find the energy to hate? It sounds exhausting,” one Twitter user wrote.
“And yet they will happily show films with shootings, stabbings and beatings no doubt,” another quipped.
Here's the scene breaking half of America. I feel like if half the people complaining saw it, they'd feel stupid in hindsight. https://t.co/Nu3l5HqhJQ
— Stephen Punwasi 🌋 🚀 (@StephenPunwasi) June 22, 2022
“For crying out loud, give us a break from people like these!” a third added.
Others found the sign so ridiculous they were convinced it was fake.
‘Idiots’: Buzz Lightyear actor blasts critics of scene
But the theatre confirmed the sign’s existence with local news station KOCO 5 and said it had been taken down.
Staff also confirmed the scene will no longer be fast forwarded.
The voice of Buzz Lightyear, Chris Evans, addressed critics of the scene and said anyone offended by it is an ‘idiot’.
"The real truth is those people are idiots," Evans told Reuters before the movie’s debut.
"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.
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