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Oklahoma theater keeps same-sex kiss in Lightyear after promising to fast-forward

The newest Disney/Pixar film <i>Lightyear </i>disappointed in its opening weekend box office. Buzz Lightyear (right), voiced by Chris Evans, and Sox, voiced by Peter Sohn, are shown here in a scene from the animated film that released in theaters June 17. (Disney/Pixar via AP)

Oklahoma theater keeps same-sex kiss in Lightyear after promising to fast-forward

Jenny Goldsberry June 22, 05:49 PMJune 22, 05:49 PM Video Embed

A movie theater in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, has opted to show the same-sex kiss scene in Disney’s new film Lightyear after it previously planned to fast-forward through the scene.

The 89’er Theater posted a sign on its door to inform viewers leading up to the Lightyear premiere that the scene would be skipped. Its owner subsequently reported that the film was instead shown uninterrupted. The sign was also taken down.

In the film, a supporting character voiced by Uzo Aduba kisses her wife, marking the first display of affection between same-sex characters in a Pixar film. The studio has been known to feature underlying LGBT themes in previous films.

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As a result of the scene, the film has been banned in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Lightyear went on to earn $51 million at the box office during its premiere weekend, behind Jurassic World: Dominion, which premiered the weekend before. Globally, it made $86 million.

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Chris Evans, the voice of the titular Buzz Lightyear character, stood by the scene, which was very nearly removed, saying he hopes for a day “where it is the norm” to include same-sex romance.

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