The group, known as One Million Moms, claims that the scene in the movie meant for kids was completely unnecessary! Umm, homophobic much?
A conservative group called as One Million Moms has called for a boycott of Pixar's Toy Story 4 because the group claims the last thing they expected to see in the movie was LGBTQ characters, according to Newsweek. If you've watched the movie, you'll know that the characters they're talking about aren't even the main characters. No matter how insignificant to the overall story they were, Disney still felt it was necessary to include them, says the website. In the scene that's being pulled up. Bonnie, Woody's new owner, is dropped off at school for her first day of kindergarten.
While that's happening, in the background, two women are shown dropping off another girl—and then later picking her up and giving her a hug. There's nothing more that's been said about the relationship about the two women. The scene is subtle in order to desensitize children. But it is obvious that the child has two mothers, and they are parenting together, a statement on the website read.
While several media houses praised the scene, saying that Disney Pixar was taking a step towards the right direction when it came towards inclusivity and several other blogs agreed that the moment “was not groundbreaking by any standard” but continued to praise it as a “small moment of normalization." However, One Million Moms thinks this is "dangerous".
It has not been mentioned much in mainstream media, which could appear as acceptance when really it was because it happened so fast. But the scene was included and intentionally not announced prior to the movie release in hopes it would be kept quiet to expose as many children as possible, they wrote. They also continued to say that since this is a family movie, they will be "blindsided" by "this subtle but obvious promotion of the LGBTQ lifestyle."
Not just this, members of the conservative group were also irked by "a brief comment made about not hiding in a closet also in the movie". They state that though the kids who go for the movie may not necessarily be able to decipher the reference that was made, they think this comment, as the lesbian scene, was completely unnecessary. The group thinks these "blink and miss" scenes were added to the movie on purpose "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 also added that Disney has decided to be "politically correct", instead of "providing family-friendly entertainment." Disney should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda and exposing children to controversial topics, they concluded.
As expected, not everyone seemed to agree with the conservative group, and they took to social media to share their opinions. Corinne Ay wrote: Oh, so what? Most young children won’t get the reference and kids are the most accepting creatures there are. Get over it. Be glad a child has two loving parents. Joe Brown added: They're the same group that don't like vaccinations and use prayer instead..."mmmm that polio and measles were meant for my little angels."
Sharyn Walsh Seim posted: Why don’t these moms focus on something meaningful, like speaking out about the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers at the border instead of rubbish like boycotting Toy Story 4? Earnest Johnson also commented: This is beyond dumb. Like it or not the reality is that same-sex have kids and they are going to drop them off at school. This is just promoting reality. I barely remember the scene. I guess because it was normal.