So Disney/Pixar’s new Toy Story movie, Lightyear, came up a bit short at the box office last weekend, taking in 50 million dollars, some 20 million dollars less than Disney was expecting. And homophobic culture warriors are over the moon, insisting that the poor performance of Lightyear was the result of the film’s alleged “wokeness,” with parents righteously outraged over a blink-and-you-might-miss-it kiss between two female characters.
Headlines on various right-wing media outlets were similarly overstimulated by this right-wing “win,” which they were happy to attribute to Disney’s “wokeism” on the Lesbian Question. LouderWithCrowder crowed “Disney’s ‘Lightyear’ Crashes and Burns Over Opening Weekend as Americans Reject Wokeism.” The Federalist declared that “After Disney Doubles Down On Sexualizing Kids, ‘Lightyear’ Falls Way Short At Box Office.” A site called HeadlineUSA proclaimed that “Disney Groomer Flick ‘Lightyear’ Disappoints at Box Office.”
Huh. Or maybe the real issue behind the lackluster box office is that the film’s premise was a little confusing? (It’s not about the characters in the Toy Story movies but rather it’s supposed to be the film that inspired little Andy in the first Toy Story to buy a Buzz Lightyear toy in the first place.) Maybe the Toy Story franchise is losing some steam 27 years after the release of the first film? Maybe Disney fans are just waiting until it’s ported over to the Disney+ streaming service?
I would say “who knows,” but the right-wing culture warriors are pretty sure they know: It was the lesbian kiss. What lesbian kiss? This lesbian kiss.
Breitbart’s John Nolte offered this explanation for Lightyear “tanking”:
So we have the most popular animated franchise in history, solid reviews, and a wide-open field with families raring to return to the movies… What could it be? What could it be?
Could it be that the child groomers at Walt Disney added homosexuality to this legendary franchise?
Could that be it? Could it be that adding same-sex sex to a kiddie movie is something people do not want to subject themselves or their kids to?
That less-than-a-second kiss counts as “same-sex sex?” Nolte must be kind of a weirdo in bed.
Nolte concludes that
if you’re a normal and honest human being, you know that [the kiss is] the answer. We’ve seen it before. Woke is so poisonous, toxic, hated, and repugnant that it killed Star Wars as a film franchise. …
If the child groomers at Disney want to lose $300 million and see their stock tank even further, decent people will find watching that a whole lot more entertaining than these shitty movies.
Leave it to The Federalist , though, to come up with an explanation that’s even more berserk than Nolte’s. As Federalist intern Elise McCue sees it, the film’s
underperformance at the box office … proves that no amount of media attention can mask the distaste many Americans have towards Disney since its dive into the deep end of wokeism.
But “Disney defendants” — I think she means “defenders” — can’t see
that the reason the entertainment giant is losing stake in American households is that many parents do not support the over-sexualization and indoctrination of their children.
How on earth is a brief, chaste, less-than-a-second kiss between two middle-aged romantic partners responsible for “over-sexualization of … children?“
Child beauty pageants “over-sexualize” children. Affectionate little kisses by middle-aged lesbian cartoon characters don’t. Not that McCue bothers to explain what exactly she’s talking about; she just powers ahead to a rather uninspired conclusion.
If Disney continues down this anti-family path, it can expect to see its place in the American household fizzle as inauspiciously as this last installation of the “Toy Story” franchise.
Meanwhile, those on the “woke” side of this manufactured controversy are busily owning the right wingers on social media.
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