A radical parents website is calling for a boycott of Toy Story 4 due to a scene that features a same-sex couple.
According to One Million Moms, the scene that has caused them to get all hot under the collar occurs at the start of the film when Bonnie is dropped off at her first day of kindergarten with Woody in tow.
In the background, another child is dropped off who appears to have two mothers who are clearly raising the child together, which is apparently done in order to 'desensitise children'.
On their petition page, they write:
At the start of the movie, when Woody’s new owner Bonnie goes for her first day of kindergarten, in the background there is a quick scene where one child is dropped off by two moms.
Later, the moms return to pick up their child who gives them a hug. The scene is subtle in order to to desensitize children. But it is obvious that the child has two mothers, and they are parenting together.
They go on to quote LGBT+ publications and film critics who have praised the inclusion of the scene in the movie and take umbrage with the fact that the scene wasn't announced prior to the release of the film and the problems that it may cause for some families who go and see it together as ''Toy Story 4 is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation.''
So many families probably plan on seeing this movie if they haven’t already and will be blindsided by this subtle but obvious promotion of the LGBTQ lifestyle.
Not to mention there was a brief comment made about not hiding in a closet also in the movie. Some children may not catch this reference, but it was extremely unnecessary as with the lesbian couple.
Both were brief and didn’t need to be included since it didn’t add to the story plot at all. These “blink and you will miss” moments were included strictly to push an agenda.
Toy Story 4 is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon. It is extremely common yet unnecessary.
They hope that their petition can persuade Disney to move away from this type of agenda in their movies and return to more 'family-friendly entertainment.'
Perhaps surprisingly, more than 12,000 people have already signed the petition but we doubt it is unlikely to sway Disney's decision making one way or the other.
The company has been including nods to the LGBT+ community in its film for many years now including the likes of Frozen and Beauty and the Beast.
Disney's move to include more LGBT+ characters in their films hasn't been warmly received by everyone. A scene from Avengers: Endgamefeaturing an unnamed character who was in a same-sex relationship was strongly criticised for doing the bare minimum.