(PatriotHeadline.com) – Disney is set to release yet another film on March 6. Titled “Onward,” the movie tells the story of two brothers who are trying to resurrect their father for one day by using magic. The two main characters are voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt.
What’s drawing extra attention to this Disney film, though, are not the main characters or the plot in general, but rather one of the ancillary characters.
Officer Specter will become Disney’s first openly-gay character, and is being voiced by Lena Waithe, an openly gay lesbian.
The scene where the character’s sexuality is first revealed happens when Officer Specter pulls over a driver who says they were distracted by his girlfriend’s kids. Officer Specter responds, “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out.”
There is nothing special about the scene, and nothing is showcased about the situation. It does stand out enough, though, that there has been backlash to the scene, to the move and to Disney in general.
This follows the first same-sex kiss in a “Star Wars” movie, “The Rise of Skywalker.”
Kori Rae, the producer of Onward, said the scene “just kind of happened,” further saying:
“The scene, when we wrote it, was kind of fitting and it opens up the world a little bit.”
Director Dan Scanlon said, “It’s a modern fantasy world, and we want to represent the modern world.”
It isn’t the only same-sex characters Disney plans on introducing this year, either. The Marvel move “The Eternals” will apparently have a same-sex couple. In a recent interview with NewNowNext, Haaz Sleiman, who will play one of the characters, says: “We represent a gay family, and have a child.”
This is not being taken lightly by some Christian groups and pro-family groups who are calling on people to boycott the upcoming Disney film Onward.
Gualberto Garcia Jones, the director of advocacy for LifeSite, said:
“It’s a relentless onslaught against our children’s innocence. And, we parents have got to be just as relentless in rejecting Disney’s attempt to sexualize our children.”
A petition circulating against the movie read:
“By forcing the LGBT agenda on us, you are seriously disrespecting our values. The days are now over where we would give you our hard-earned dollars just so you can turn around and offend us and our children’s innocence. Please do not pursue this agenda again in the future.”
Disney is no stranger to petitions and calls for boycotts. There was quite the stir recently when Disney announced it cast Halle Bailey as the title character in The Little Mermaid, because Hailey is a person of color, while the cartoon version of the original was white. There was even a Twitter hashtag around it called #NotMyAriel and a Facebook page called “Make Ariel White Again.”
Those boycotts didn’t stop Disney from trucking forward as planned with the newest version of The Little Mermaid, and these latest calls for a boycott are unlikely to deter the giant company from making a change, either.