Chris Evans knows how to brush off haters.
The star of Disney and Pixar’s “Lightyear” used harsh words for those who claim that the film’s kissing scenes between two female characters encourage pro-gay agendas among children.
“The real truth is that those people are idiots,” Evans said in an interview with Reuters Television. “There’s always going to be people who are scared and clueless and trying to capture what was there before. But those people die like dinosaurs. I think the goal is to give them no attention, move on.” and embrace the evolution that makes us human.”
“Every time we wake up there is social progress, the American story, the human story is one of continuous social awakening and development, and that’s what makes us good,” the leading man said.
Evans voices the character of Buzz Lightyear, whose space adventure inspired a sentient toy action figure of the same name in the long-running “Toy Story” franchise.
The animated film has recently faced criticism from conservatives, who claim that LGBTQ representation, including a scene with a same-sex married couple kissing, was deliberately marketed to impress children.
The scene in question takes place between Hawthorne, Buzz’s best friend and voiced by Commander Uzo Aduba, and another female character.
on Monday, Variety reported The scene will not be shown in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and some other Asian countries, based on the inclusion of gay kissing in the film.
The UAE’s Ministry of Youth and Culture confirmed in a tweet that the spinoff “has not been licensed for public screening in all theaters in the UAE due to violations of the country’s media content standards.”
Previously, Disney had reportedly removed the scene from the film entirely, but reinstated it after receiving backlash from its employees for their inaction on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Variety reported in March. Reported.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek apologized The media company at that time failed to take a more forceful stand against the bill.
“Talking to you, reading your messages and meeting you has helped me understand how painful our silence was,” Chapek wrote. “It is clear that this is not just an issue regarding a bill in Florida, but instead another challenge to basic human rights.”
“You needed me to be a strong ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down,” the chief executive said. “I am sorry.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill in March. It prohibits public school teachers in Florida from having classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Lightyear” is set to premiere in select theaters on Friday.