Hollywood was shocked when the unmissable blockbuster “Lightyear” slumped its opening weekend, but not conservatives, who blame Disney’s continued left-leaning for the animated film’s failure to release.
Disney-Pixar film failed to knock Universal’s “Jurassic World: Reign” from No. 1 after its $51 million domestic debut, well below the popular “Toy Story” franchise Derivatives expectations.
Entertainment analysts attribute the underperformance to factors such as the film’s “confusing premise” (variety) and competition from the Disney+ streaming service (deadline), while those on the right describe the film as corporate The latest victim of the Awakening.
“Buzz Lightyear woke up. This movie is broke,” Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted.
Former Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said she decided not to watch the film over the weekend because of reports of its political message.
“I want to take my family to the movie. I choose not to because I’m just tired of the sober agenda,” Ms McEnany said on Fox’s “Outnumbered.” “I don’t care what it is, any agenda, right, left, is shoved in my face. I just want to see a movie about toys.”
Not the Bee said headlines from conservative media included “Pixar’s new Toy Story spinoff bombed on opening weekend and I wonder why,” while Breitbart called it “the latest box office failure.”
“Maybe Disney and Pixar can focus on storytelling rather than spreading propaganda to kids,” University of Toronto professor emeritus and YouTube celebrity Jordan B. Peterson tweeted.
A few months ago, following the much-discussed lesbian kiss between the two animated characters, and the decision to have Chris Evans replace the character’s founder Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear’s voice, “Light years” entered the political radar. Because of his center-right views.
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In March, Disney and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to help repeal what critics called the “Don’t Say Homosexual” Act, which prohibits schools from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3.
Backlash after Manhattan Institute senior fellow Christopher Rufo’s release Internal video clips Show Disney executives how to add LGBTQ themes and characters to the show.
Florida conflict ensues Report The kissing scene was cut, but added back after objections from “LGBTQIA+ employees of Pixar and its allies,” who in a letter accused Disney of removing the “gay sentimental” scene.
“At Disney’s request, almost every moment of openly gay affection has been cut,” Mass Information’s Judd Regan wrote in a March 9 letter.
Gaelin Sussman, one of the producers of “Lightyear”, Tell Mercury News: “We have the opportunity to put it back, which is really exciting.”
Mr. Evans blasting Those who objected to the scene were “idiots” in an interview on June 15, two days before the film’s premiere.
“The real truth is that those people are idiots,” Evans told Reuters. “I mean, I think throughout history, every time we wake up we see social progress, and the story of America, the story of humanity, is one of those stories where society is constantly awakening and growing. That’s what makes us Excellent cause.”
Director Angus MacLane said making Space Ranger Commander Alisha Hawthorn’s character gay was important to “representatives”, and that the public expressions of affection showed she and her wife Kiko were in a “loving, lasting relationship”.
“We have a lot of weird people in this movie,” Mr McClain Tell Los Angeles Times. “Having a lot of really great performances means a lot — more than I can comprehend. It means a lot to me to get them so excited about it and make it so personal.”
Lightyear, which cost $200 million to make, was the lowest domestic box office since 2017’s sequel, Cars 2 ($53 million). Toy Story 4, the last film in the franchise, made $120 million in its first three days of domestic release in 2019.
“They really don’t understand the moral disgust of parents in this country right now, they just want to enjoy good movies with their kids and not force a sexual agenda on their faces!” Say Not bees.
The film may struggle to make up for its international shortcomings. The film has been banned in 14 Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories, and a release in China is considered unlikely unless Disney cuts the kissing scene.
Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, said it would be a “crazy turn” if Hollywood draws the line “light years” after years of bowing to the content of Beijing’s censors.
“There is an important discussion that China won’t let this movie out because of this scene, and I have to say it’s a crazy turn of events where Hollywood is willing to bow to China, have China censor its films, embrace anti-Americanism, Avoid any criticism of China because they want to enter the Chinese film market,” Mr Cruz said on his “Judgment” podcast.
“But when it comes to their cultural agenda, obviously now they’re suddenly finding, well, give up the money because lesbian toys are more important,” he said.
Lightyear received decent but not great reviews, with a 76% critic and 85% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A common criticism is that the film failed to live up to the high standards of the Pixar franchise.
Toto Hollywood critic Christian Toto called the film “a mediocre space romp that doesn’t deserve what many consider to be the most impressive studio around.”
He also described the big kiss as redundant to the plot.
“The movie caused a lot of buzz ahead of its release due to its same-sex bus. Suffice to say the moment was unnecessary and the romance associated with it was the only romantic bond in the movie. Straightforward, subplot feels It’s inorganic,” Mr Toto said. his comments. “Same-sex couples should be represented in a more natural way.”