Lightyear: Oklahoma theater criticized for warning of same-sex kiss

The cinema has come under fire for promising a ‘fast forward’ to the same-sex kissing scene in a Pixar movie (Image: Twitter/Pixar)

A theater in Oklahoma faced backlash after issuing a warning about a same-sex kiss in the new Buzz Lightyear movie.

The 89er theater sparked controversy after they stated that they would “fast forward” through the brief kissing scene in Toy Story, posting a sign as a “warning” to customers.

They displayed a poster in their window – now removed – after the film’s release, which was overshadowed by criticism over the kiss between two characters, one named Hawthorne played by Uzo Aduba.

The “Warning” poster began in large letters, “Parents Attention: The management of this theater discovered after Lightyear was booked that there was a same-sex kissing scene during the first 30 minutes of the Pixar movie,” they continued.

“We will do everything we can to speed up this scene, but it may not be accurate.”

The theater signed an apology for “any inconvenience” caused by the “late discovery of this scene”.

Buzz Lightyear

Lightyear has been banned in several countries for kissing between two characters (Image: Pixar)

Oklahoma residents were shocked and disappointed to see the sign in a movie window, where 42-year-old Patricia Kasbeck said she initially thought the sign was a joke.

She posted a picture of her on social media jokingly, but she got pissed when she learned the sign was real.

After calling the theater and asking them to remove the warning, her call went to voicemail.

She told NBC News, ‘I told them it was totally insulting for them to censor a same-sex kiss when they’d never do it with a kiss of the opposite sex.’

She added that she had “never seen a movie in this theater under this property”, describing their behavior as “cruel” and “fanatic”.

Oklahoma theater warning sign

The Oklahoma cinema has issued a ‘warning’ to parents who will be watching the movie (Image: Twitter)

According to NBC affiliate KFOR in Oklahoma City, the tag was gone by noon Monday after it was placed over the weekend.

Alex Wade, deputy director of Oklahomas for Equality for LGBTQ+ advocacy, also condemned the stage banner, saying: “I wasn’t shocked to see something like this happen in my state, but it breaks my heart that young LGBTQ+ Oklahomans have felt it. As if something was wrong with them.

“If these two were heterosexual, theater would never think of skipping them, because heterosexual couples are given the blessing to be intimate without feeling ashamed,” he added.

Lightyear’s Same-Sex Kiss is the first in a Pixar production.

Chris Evans standing next to a Buzz Lightyear model

Chris Evans – who voices Buzz in the film – has spoken out in support of the LGBTQ+ community (Photo: James Veysey/REX/Shutterstock)

Recently, Captain America actor Chris Evans – who voices main character Buzz Lightyear – spoke out in support of the LGBTQ+ community, after the film was banned in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE due to the kiss.

“The real truth is that these people are stupid,” Chris, 41, told Reuters frankly.

“Every time there’s been social progress and we wake up, the American story, the human story is a story of social awakening and continuous growth and that’s what makes us good.”

Earlier this year, it was reported that Disney cut the scene from the movie before taking it back amid backlash over the No Less Gay Bill in Florida.

The Knives Out star said she was ‘happy’ to see Disney take a stand after LGBTQ employees and their allies at Pixar were said to have sent a letter to chiefs, alleging that the company has censored ‘overt gay affection’ in its films.

Lightyear is the origin story of the popular Toy Story and follows Buzz as he embarks on an intergalactic adventure with a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion.

The 89er Theater has been contacted for comment.

Lightyear arrives in cinemas on Friday.

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