Chris Evans on Lightyear’s same sex kiss: the goal is ‘that this is just the way it is’

So yesterday I said I didn’t see the point of Lightyear. Then Variety released their long-interview with Chris Evans and the – wait for it – point of Lightyear. (Buzzfeed, however, has yet to release the puppy interview *ahem*) You can read Variety’s summary for the plot, but I wanted to talk about The Kiss. Buzz’s partner in Lightyear, is a woman named Hawthorne who is voiced by Uzo Aduba. Hawthorne is in a relationship with another woman and the script called for a kiss between the two women. However, as we learned from Pixar after Disney’s meek response to the Don’t Say Gay bill, the Mouse’s House censors not only their films, but the other studios under their umbrella of homosexual content to be more marketable. One such scene was the afore mentioned kiss in Lightyear. In the wake of a companywide objection to Disney not standing up for the LGBTQ community, the scene was reinstated in the film. Outlets are asking Chris his thoughts about the kiss, and he just wishes it wasn’t such a big story. *record scratch* What?! Nah, our boy has it right. Chris said he thinks it’s great, but he wishes same sex relationships were prevalent enough that a simple kiss isn’t singled out as the big ask in every interview.

He leapt at the chance to work with Pixar: What interested me most was working with Pixar. The premise was not inconsequential, obviously, you want to make sure that they’re going to make a good movie. But you trust in Pixar, my trust, they have so much goodwill. I’ve never seen Pixar miss, so I didn’t really worry too much about the story itself. I was just thrilled that Pixar was calling.

Lightyear made him cry: I sobbed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Pixar movie where I didn’t cry. They have the recipe, they really do. I don’t know what it is, but man, the tears start falling.

He wishes the the same-sex kiss wasn’t newsworthy: I mean, it’s great. As great as it is — and you know, I’ve been asked the question a few times — it’s nice, and it’s wonderful, it makes me happy. It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion. That it is this kind of “news.” The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is. That representation across the board is how we make films. Look, it’s an honor to be a part of something that is taking those steps, but the goal is to look back on this time and just be shocked that it took us this long to get there.

[From Variety]

This is the correct answer. It is an honor to be a part of a project that will becoming a ground breaker and we can’t wait for the day that this isn’t news. I realize I have a different perspective having lived mainly in the large cities of California. LGBTQ relationships and interaction have always been a part of my day-to-day life. Sure, there are bigots here, but in general, LGBTQ people can live more openly than most places. It’s mind boggling to me that we’re headlining a story about two animated women kissing in a Pixar film in 2022. However, with half the country trying to erase homosexuality with legislation, then yes – let’s have as many characters kissing as they can fit and blast that news from every loudspeaker in the country. Hell, how about a Cruel Intentions remake with Daisy and Minnie on loop at the El Capitan Theater.

It should be noted, for those who haven’t read about it, that Disney not only reinstated the kissing scene, but they also insisted they would not remove it for foreign territories. That’s big. That’s Disney finally making a statement that matters on the subject. As a result, Lightyear is banned in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other West Asia territories. Their loss. No Chris and his Hot Toy Spaceman Promo Tour for them.

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  1. CommentingBunny says:

    Oh so that’s why Patricia Heaton has her knickers in a twist.

    • K says:


    • pottymouth pup says:

      she was all pissed that Tim Allen wasn’t cast and they’re playing it up as though Disney has “canceled” nice, white Christian Republican actors by making political decisions about casting Evans instead of Allen. She, apparently, doesn’t understand the concept of this movie (Evans is playing the Buzz Lightyear that “inspired the toy,” so not the same toy character Allen played) and conveniently ignored that Allen is still getting work from Disney because acknowledging reality doesn’t help the poor oppressed conservative thing she’s got going

      • LightPurple says:

        She’s one of those who is constantly complaining how conservatives don’t get hired despite the fact that she has worked regularly for decades, gets more steady work than other actresses her age, and her pals Tim Allen and Kelsey Grammar are always working too..

  2. GR says:

    Good for Chris and – I can’t believe I’m saying this – good for Disney for not knuckling under to censors in the US or abroad.

  3. Enis says:

    In the age of VPNs, “banned” isn’t so much banned anymore. I am not sure how much this will actually hurt the post-theater revenue.

  4. ncboudicca says:

    In my local paper today was an article about how our county museum had to take down a photo of two men kissing after one proposed to the other at a Pride parade a couple of years ago. The explanation was:”…told museum staff to work with the photographer to find an alternative photograph to display “that would be more considerate of differing viewpoints in the community.”

    “The idea behind the exhibit is to document a historical event, and there are other options from the photographer’s work that more fully capture the context of the parade that was documented,” the county said in a statement.”

    I’m glad Disney put that kiss back in. It matters, so much.

    • Call Me Mabel says:

      The county council here officially recognized the June was Pride Month. Just like, made a note of that at a meeting. Then, at a different meeting, had to officially rescind the recognition of Pride Month because it didn’t match the ‘conservative views’ of the county. They apparently got a flood of complaints just for saying that Pride Month is a thing that exists…..

      Evans is exactly right. Let’s get to the place where a same sex kiss or a gay married couple isn’t even newsworthy anymore because it’s so common in family-aimed media.

  5. Jferber says:

    Good on Disney and that’s the first time of said that. Chris’s answer and Chris himself are perfect.

  6. Justjj says:

    Wowwie, he’s really cute, ok, I get it

  7. H says:

    This is why he’s my favorite, Chris. Although Helmsworth is a quick second. Chris Evans has always been supportive of LGBTQ rights, especially because his younger brother, Scott, is gay. (Although, Chris kind of sorta outed his brother in an interview early in his career. I think Scott was on One Life to Live soap at the time?)

    Chris is absolutely right. This should be a non-issue. Scr*w Saudi Arabia and the rest of the countries who gasp at a kiss between two people in a loving relationship.

  8. girl_ninja says:

    Well said Christopher Robert. Well done Disney. (for once)

  9. Heidi Davis says:

    I’m not in any way qualified to comment on fashion, but that is a good looking suit. I would wear the heck out of that suit

  10. LightPurple says:

    Right-wing agitators like Ben Shapiro (a very dangerous, angry, little man) are freaking out over this and calling for boycotts against Disney, on top of the boycotts against Disney he called for 2 months ago, and screaming about LGBTQ “agenda” and “narrative” and “lifestyle” and posting daily on multiple forums with millions of followers that drag queens are coming to cut off our kids’s genitals – no I’m not exaggerating. His company the Daily Wire seems to be declaring war on Disney, making a huge deal about hiring Gina Carano BECAUSE Disney fired her for repeated violations of anti-discrimination policies.

    What Pixar/Disney are doing with this film should not be considered brave but long past due but because of bigots like Shapiro and Charlie Kirk and the GOP politicians, who get their talking points from this scum, threatening more attacks on people, sadly Disney is being brave doing this.

    And Evans is the best Chris because of Dodger.

  11. The Voice says:

    I love his non-answer answer. It’s exactly the right approach and I often scratch my head at why it’s still an issue in 2022.

    Making a kiss between 2 beings such a topic is similar to Simone Ashley constantly being asked what it means to be a woman of color playing a romantic lead. She’s just a lady who’s playing a part. It should just be the norm and not such a big deal. Focus on her acting ability, not her race.

  12. Mimi says:

    Bravo my favourite Chris 👏🏻👏🏻