Disney’s First Animated LGBTQ Character Raises Eyebrows Over ‘Abnormal’ Looks
By Izza Sofia, 24 Feb 2020
Disney was faced with a lot of raised eyebrows after unveiling its first LGBTQ animated character, set to appear on 6 March in upcoming Pixar film Onward.
The film will feature two elf brothers, who will be voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, as well as a lesbian Cyclops cop named Officer Specter, who will be voiced by actress Lena Waithe.
Director Dan Scanlon told Yahoo Entertainment that the character’s introduction aims to “represent the modern world.” However, according to Slate, the role is barely mentioned in the movie’s official trailer, and that it is only cited in passing that she has a girlfriend.
“My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out,” Specter says as she pulls over a driver with her colleague. Specter’s girlfriend will not appear on screen.
This upset many internet users, who felt that the part was too small, while others criticized the character’s “abnormal” features, which they believed to have been inspired by her being lesbian.
“Let’s be honest, this is how straight people see us anyway,” one Twitter user commented.
“Is she going to play a main role, or is she a throwaway character that can edited out? Because we need more LGBT characters that won’t get cut for international releases,” another user said.
Twitter: omg make that blonde ice princess a lesbian pls— Noah Cyrus (@SexyNoahCyrus) February 21, 2020
Disney: no. But we can make this cyclop-unicorn hybrid minor character cop on this new movie a lesbian (?) if you want... pic.twitter.com/k02f8lvb9q
Let’s be honest, this is how straight people see us anyway. pic.twitter.com/s4MT3UNbZl— Gideon Glick (@gidglick) February 22, 2020
This is homophobia i think— fran (@cyberskata) February 22, 2020
Disney: first openly-LGBTQ!!— thal 🦊 (@thalestral) February 22, 2020
Disney: also she a cop
Disney: one scene only
Disney: being gay is v modern actually
Disney: a fantasy world with one gay
Disney: it stars Chris Pratt
Disney: friend of gays we're sure
Disney: just one modern cop gay
Disney: scene cuttable! https://t.co/xgttC6WotX
Is she gonna play a main role or is she a throwaway character that can edited out? Because we need more LGBT characters that won't get cut for international releases— 💛Let's Talk Scream💛 (@LetsTalkScream) February 21, 2020
just do it. don’t make it headline worthy. LGBT people are people. They aren’t fucking superheroes or celebrities. Just put a gay character in a movie and let viewers see it. You don’t announce a straight character (I get the argument though).— logan (@logan_rainer) February 21, 2020
Equality is just that. EQUALity.
Are you ever gonna sell a movie and its characters by who they are and not by what they are?— Darth Archon The Undying (@ArchonOf) February 22, 2020
And when will they actually have weight to the story they're in?
Star Wars, nothing.
Finding Dory, nothing.
Come back when they're actually more than sensational headline material.
No one:— lilpeoplez 🌼🦉 (@lilpeoplez) February 21, 2020
Disney: meet our first open lgbtq character
Ppl: get their hopes up
Disney: they have 2 lines & are a cop
[via HuffPost, opening image via Disney and Pixar’s Onward]
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