For years we've said that various Disney characters were queer -- have you seen Scar in The Lion King -- but finally, the massive company is set to introduce their first self-identified LGBTQ+ character with a speaking role in a Disney-Pixar project. And better still, the character is played by Lena Waithe, who is also queer.
While these small moments -- and yes, it's been reported that is is also a small moment -- are usually a cause for celebration, the announcement of this new character, which appears in Pixar's Onward, has caused some exasperated sighs by some. While the character is openly lesbian, she is also a cop, which has understandably made the moment bittersweet for a number of people on social media.
"The scene, when we wrote it, was kind of fitting and it opens up the world a little bit, and that's what we wanted," Onward director Dan Scanlon told Yahoo Entertainment. "It's a modern fantasy world and we want to represent the modern world."
The lesbian cyclops cop only appears in one scene of Onward but does so in a role that is described as "vital." Coming in around halfway through the movie, Officer Specter is one of at least three cops in the film according to a poster. The others include Colt Bronco, played by Mel Rodriguez, and Officer Gore, played by Ali Wong.
Like the upcoming gay superhero in The Eternals, Officer Specter has a family of sorts -- as a creation of Marvel, The Eternals is also a Disney production. In the footage, Officer Specter reveals that she has a girlfriend who has a daughter. The girlfriend, nor the daughter, are ever featured in the film.
"[Lena's] so brilliant and she's such an amazing writer that she improved for about an hour," producer Kori Rae said in an interview. "I want to go make a whole other movie off of Officer Specter because we basically already have the material. She wrote it all. She gave us back story and every thing."