Chris Evans blasts anti-LGBTQ+ critics of his new movie – “those people die off like dinosaurs”
As Lightyear is set to rocket to the top of the US box office, star Chris Evans had some choice words for homophobes.
Back in March this year, Disney were having a spot of bother when it came to queer representation in its movies and TV shows but then word got out that a same-sex kiss in upcoming movie Lightyear had been removed and was being re-instated as Disney got to grips with which side of history it wanted to be on.
The movie itself is a sort of origin story/movie within the Toy Story universe where we follow a younger Buzz Lightyear (now voiced by Chris Evans instead of Tim Allen) and his pals on their various space adventures. The kiss features in a montage sequence where his best pal Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) kisses her wife
Like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and The Eternals, Disney have refused to remove any queer content to appease the foreign markets resulting in Lightyear now not being shown in various countries including Saudi Arabia.
‘Those people are idiots’
Chris Evans got involved in the whole argument and had a few rather excellent things to say on the subject. Speaking to Reuters he said: “The real truth is those people are idiots. Every time there’s been social advancement as we wake up, the American story, the human story is one of constant social awakening and growth and that’s what makes us good. There’s always going to be people who are afraid and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before. But those people die off like dinosaurs. I think the goal is to pay them no mind, march forward and embrace the growth that makes us human.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves and his take on what it means to be ‘woke’ pretty much boils it down to its nuts and bolts. It’s about being socially aware and conscious of others when if comes down to it. Evans had also previously spoken about the lesbian kiss to industry bible Variety saying:
“It’s wonderful, it makes me happy. It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion. That it is this kind of ‘news.’ The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is. That representation across the board is how we make films.”
Amen Mr Lightyear! Check out the trailer now below and see the film when it opens up this weekend (June 17) all over the world.