Things are looking worse and worse for Disney with regards to its stance on Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill.
In the latest revelation about homophobic practices in the highest positions at Disney, a group of "LGBTQIA+ employees of Pixar and their allies" have released a statement alleging that Disney's corporate executives have demanded they cut "nearly every moment of overtly gay affection...regardless of when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar."
This statement comes as a sharp rebuke to a recent company-wide memo from Disney CEO Bob Chapek on Monday in which he said the best way the company could battle bills like Florida's was not through direct action or money, but through "the inspiring content we produce."
According to these Pixar employees, Disney won't even let them do that.
"We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were," the employee statement continues. "Even if creating LGBTQIA+ content was the answer to fixing the discriminatory legislation in the world, we are being barred from creating it."
Pixar isn't exactly known for it's "inspiring" LGBTQ+ characters. To date, the most explicit example of a queer character in a Pixar movie is Specter, the lesbian cyclops cop from Onward. The character is played by Lena Waithe and mentions she has a girlfriend before saying the popular gay aphorism "it gets better."
In the letter, the Pixar employees demand that Disney withdraw all financial support of legislators who support the bill and that Disney "take a decisive public stand" against the "Don't Say Gay" law and bills like it across the country.
Pixar employees aren't the only ones taking a stand against Disney's statement. Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign refused to accept a donation made by Disney to save face on the issue until the company takes "meaningful action" to fight anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
The ball is in your court Disney.
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