Chris Evans on backlash to gay kiss in Lightyear: ‘those people are idiots’

Lightyear opens today. I probably don’t need to tell you that since it’s been all over the news. The reviews are decent. The reason the movie is getting such buzz (no, I can’t help myself) is because people are being ridiculous about it. Patricia Heaton picked up a torch over Chris Evans voicing the character. Supposedly Patricia thinks her friend Tim Allen is the only one who could do it, despite it being a prequel and an origin story based on a film about a an astronaut Andy saw that required a younger actor, and that Tim has plenty of Disney’s money already. Or maybe she objects to the same sex kiss in the film and is couching it in this unwarranted criticism. But why take that out on Chris? Probably because Chris is a huge advocate for LGBTQ rights, being an open and loving ally to his brother Scott, and he likes to call bigots “idiots” when they say stupid stuff. Which is exactly what he did when asked about the negative reaction to the kiss scene that Disney reinstated into the film. But Chris recognizes that they are idiots because they are “afraid and unaware” and incapable of growth. And he just keeps getting hotter.

Walt Disney Co’s new animated Pixar movie “Lightyear” features a gay couple, the latest step by the company to show traditionally under-represented groups on the big screen.

Actor Chris Evans, who voices the main character in “Lightyear,” applauded moves to reflect all types of people and said those who react negatively should be disregarded.
“The real truth is those people are idiots,” Evans said in an interview with Reuters Television ahead of the debut of “Lightyear” in theaters on Friday.

“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.

Evans voices Buzz Lightyear, a legendary space ranger. Buzz’s close friend in the film is a female space ranger who marries another woman. A scene showing milestones in the couple’s relationship includes a brief kiss.

“There’s always going to be people who are afraid and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But those people die off like dinosaurs,” Evans said. “I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.”

[From Reuters]

“I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.” I love this concept. It is a future goal because we can’t ignore them as long at LGBTQ people are being hurt and killed and anti-gay legislation continues to pass. But ideally, this is where we should be headed. We must be careful about waiting for the fearful-of-change people to die off because before they do, they are still raising the next generation with their beliefs and accumulating enough influence to affect the people in power. But I agree that people who are good are the ones who constantly awaken socially and grow.

I share Chris’ sentiments about the idiots. It’s hard to be objective when people dear to you are members of the LGBTQ community. It doesn’t make sense how anyone could object to them or their life. Both my kids are LGBTQ. I was recently asked how I “handled it.” All I could respond was, “how do I handle parenting my children?” In my head, however, I echoed Chris, thinking, “you’re an idiot.”

As of my writing this, I still don’t have the puppy interview for you but here are a few nugget’s y’all have been asking for:

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  1. Mary Tosti says:

    Yes, they are idiots.
    That kiss shows love between two people and not just love but a long, healthy relationship. Wtf is wrong with that?!
    I read an article saying how this shouldn’t be in a kids movie not because it’s same sex but because it’s just inappropriate. BS. There are countless kids movies with kissing. I mean every Disney princess movie is pretty inappropriate when it comes to relationships if you think about it. Sixteen year old girls running away to be with a prince. Girls changing themselves completely, only caring about a man… etc.
    Give me a break. Hypocrites.

  2. Alexandria says:

    Yea, my censorship board changed the rating cos of the kiss and had the audacity to say it’s because they had to cater to DIVERSE viewpoints. They really used the word diverse. And for those people complaining, they used Asian values forgetting that Christian aversion to homosexuality and our anti homosexual law (which we are trying to remove) came from British colonial rule!

  3. Kitten says:

    “There’s always going to be people who are afraid and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But those people die off like dinosaurs,”

    Amen. So tired of these fossils thinking their the gatekeepers of everything.

    Evans is still the Best Chris. ♥

  4. Green Desert says:

    I love what he says about social awakening and growth. And that people who don’t grow are often afraid. My one quibble with Chris is that it’s easier to pay those people no mind when you’re a straight white male. You’re not the subject of the hate. So it has to be more than just paying them no mind.

    But I think Chris’s heart is in the right place. And damn he’s hot right now!

    • Relly says:

      I think you’re absolutely right that it’s easier for him to speak up since he’s not a subject of the hatred — but I think that’s also why it’s so important for white people to talk about racism, cis people about transphobia, men about sexism, etc. Because it shouldn’t be the oppressed people doing all the heavy lifting themselves. Allies from the majority can get in there and be loud and educate without as much of a risk.

    • notasugarhere says:

      As we were reminded of in yesterday’s post? He still cozies up to US Rethuglican facists and thinks there are good people on both sides of the aisle. By now we might have to admit there is no unproblematic, good Chris among any of them.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        what’s wrong with Hemsworth and Pine?

        I mean, we know that Chris Pratt is a…well…Crisp Rat, but I didn’t know what strikes Hemsworth and Pine have…please elaborate!

      • Little Red says:

        Oh, no! Not Chris Pine, too. What did he say or do?

      • Zoochy says:

        Pine had a DUI back in the day but that’s all I can recall

      • frank drebin says:

        There’s no pleasing ppl like you

  5. Relly says:

    You know what? Fucking A. I’m so tired of people tiptoeing around bigots and assholes and I’m sure his agents told him to say something about how reasonable people can disagree and we can all try to see each other’s point of view and — like, I’ve been trying to be that person, I’ve been trying to be calm and rational, I’ve been doing that for years, but I’m so fucking tired of giving space to homophobes and racists and transphobes and misogynists and bullies. “I hate people who are different” isn’t a point of view, it’s hate. Shut the fuck up and sit down, Karen.

  6. girl_ninja says:

    He’s right that those people are idiot. And also selfish. There are entire families and couples without children who have built lives together. Just let consenting adults enjoy their lives with each other.

    His accent tho…whew

    • Elvie says:

      Omg came to say the same thing … that accent did things to me…

    • CROWHOOD says:

      The second time he said “be honest” I giggled out loud.

      Let the record show I’m simply not a “giggler” by nature.

      • Danbury says:

        I think it’s that second “be honest” that is why I am now pregnant

        (note: I am not pregnant, I’m pretty sure I’m in pre-menopause, but if anything is going to impregnate me, it’s that second “be honest”)

    • Lightpurple says:

      I’m laughing so hard at this. I’m surrounded by that accent. That’s my accent so it doesn’t really affect me but I love when guys like Chris slip up and drop the General American for their natural accent. Welcome home, Chris. And I’m glad to know our sound affects people in a good way.

  7. Emme says:

    Irish-Brit here…..sorry can’t hear a particular accent in that short clip. Chris just sounds “American” to me. Any help in what a Boston accent is? I know listening to clips from JFK and Bobby Kennedy I can hear a Boston twang (I think it is!) but am not getting anything from the very short clip of Chris E (personal favourite Chris.). What should I be listening for?

    • Lightpurple says:

      The Kennedys have their own distinct sound that they got from their mother Rose, her father was mayor of Boston. Seth Myers did a comedy segment a few years ago called Boston Accents that did a parody of it.

      Denis Leary is probably the local actor who uses his natural Boston accent the most. Damon, Evans, Affleck, Wahlberg, and Amy Poehler all work to hide it. Rachel Dratch makes no effort whatsoever. The Wizard of Oz has several Boston accents on display as Scarecrow Ray Bolger and Tin Man Jack Haley (if I only had a haht) were Boston natives. As was Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy.

      • Emme says:

        Thank you Lightpurple! Loved the Boston Accent parody and sort of got it from that, so tried again with Chris Evans (above.) Still can’t get from him, but for me the clip is too short I think, to get the nuances…..unlike natives like yourself.
        Where I live in the UK is between North Wales and Liverpool so no-one can get my accent at all, which isn’t like either of those. In a population of about 88,000 it’s a small city, but I can tell which area of that city a person is from with just a short sentence. Glad you are delighted to hear your native accent delights people 😁

    • The Recluse says:

      There was also a car commercial a couple of years ago that had Evans – and other familiar faces – in it using their Boston accents. Can’t remember the car.

    • Eurydice says:

      It’s the way he says “honest” – like “aw-nest.” But it’s subtle – not as broad as some I hear around me, like “fo-ah” instead of “four.”

  8. Lightpurple says:

    More people need to speak up like Chris is doing. All of do. The last few weeks on Twitter have been a raging cesspool of hatred against the LGBTQ community. Ben Shapiro and his Daily Wire crew are fueling it with a ridiculous documentary What is a Woman. They’re behind Marsha Blackburn asking that ridiculous question at Judge Brown Jackson’s hearing and the Florida Don’t Say Gay law. They’re pushing legislation that would allow anyone to demand the inspection of a girl’s genitals at sports events and they have declared all out war on drag queens. They’re connected with a piece of utter filth who calls herself Libsoftiktok, who searches the internet for people in the LGBTQ community that she labels “pedos” who she doxxes and her minions attack. Elon Musk has voiced loud support for her. They’re encouraging people to discriminate against LGBTQ in jobs and housing and are calling for attacks on people and their minions are complying. It’s outrageous and so wrong

  9. jferber says:

    He’s exactly right and I love him so much.