Chris Evans spoke candidly about the criticism of the same-sex kiss featured in the Disney and Pixar animated film Light year.
“The real truth is that these people are idiots,” Evans told Reuters Television. “Whenever there has been waking social progress, American history, human history is one of constant social awakening and growth and that is what makes us good.”
“There will always be people who are scared and unaware and trying to hold on to what was before, but those people are dying like dinosaurs,” he added. “I think the goal is to ignore them and move on and embrace the growth that makes us human.”
The scene, which features a kiss between two female characters, was originally deleted by Disney before being restored in March. The change of course was inspired by an open letter from Pixar employees and LGBTQ allies who called out Disney CEO Bob Chapek for his lackluster response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. preaching about “creating a more inclusive world” through his projects.
Disney ultimately spoke out against the bill, getting a swift legal response from Republican-led lawmakers in Florida seeking to remove the company’s special tax and “special independent district” status in the state.
Variety reported earlier this week that Light year was banned in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia due to the gay kissing scene. The toy story the spinoffs would never have been submitted to censors in Saudi Arabia because they were not to receive approval.
Light year hits theaters Friday, June 17.