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Unhappy Pride: Animator Calls Out 'Inclusive' Disney for Cutting LGBTQ Content in Some Nations

Sunday June 6, 2021
Originally published on June 6, 2021

A graphic Disney posted in their tweet honoring Pride.
A graphic Disney posted in their tweet honoring Pride.  (Source:Twitter/Disney)

After Disney posted a tweet last week honoring LGBTQ inclusion featuring some of their iconic cartoon characters, an animator who worked for the entertainment giant called them out on what their definition of inclusion is.

In honor of Pride, Disney shared a tweet that showed "the iconic characters of Mickey, Goofy, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy walking in front of a background that showed the LGBTQ+ community's rainbow flag. It was accompanied by a caption: /There's room for everyone under the rainbow. Happy #PrideMonth!'" wrote the website Rappler.

Not so fast, said animator Alex Hirsch, the creator of hit animated mystery series "Gravity Falls," who called out the entertainment giant on Twitter last Wednesday.

"Disney privately: Cut the gay scene! We might lose precious pennies from Russia & China!

"Disney publicly: ???? Honk honk we put rainbow bumper sticker on Lightning McQueen today CONSUME OUR PRODUCTS TEENS," Hirsch wrote.

Hw followed up with a second tweet that read: "To any creative at Disney TV, Feature, Publishing or Streaming: please mercilessly spam your execs with 'there's room for everyone under the rainbow' next time they tell you to 'please revise' your LGBTQ+ character for 'not being Disney appropriate.'"

Hirsch tweeted last August, Last Screen Rant reported that "he was prevented from including LGBT+ characters in his story during his time at Disney."

Screen Rant continued: "Hirsch confirms that though he attempted to push for LGBT+ characters in 'Gravity Falls,' Disney executives prevented him from including explicitly gay characters. Though Hirsch expresses his frustration with this, he also praises the network for their change in attitude and notes how Terrace's ability to depict LGBT+ main characters is a landmark for the network."

Since "Gravity Falls" left the air, Disney began to feature LGBTQ characters in such shows and films as "Star vs. The Forces of Evil," "The Owl House," "Onward,' and Pixar's short film "Out."

However, Screen Rant added: "The company still exercised censorship of LGBTQ+-inclusive moments in some of their films to cater to their large box-office markets in Russia and China. Last year, Pixar's 'Onward' was censored in Russia over a brief line that confirmed a character's sexuality as a lesbian."

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