Hollywood is relentlessly pushing a progressive agenda.
Elites in the entertainment industry lash out at anyone who counters their narrative.
But Disney picked a fight with Ron DeSantis and suffered one major consequence.
Disney could be in a “get woke, go broke” downward spiral.
The company’s latest Pixar movie Lightyear, a spinoff of the billion-dollar Toy Story franchise, was a flop at the box office.
The film was projected to make over $70 million during the Father’s Day weekend, but clocked in at a very underwhelming $51 million.
The left-wing press has made countless excuses for the film’s underperformance, but refuses to acknowledge the “woke” messaging in the film.
Lightyear, a movie aimed at young children, unnecessarily included a lesbian relationship and kiss.
Disney originally took out the kiss, but put it back in the film in order to placate the progressive employees within the company in light of the clash with Florida governor Ron DeSantis.
The governor promoted the Parental Rights in Education bill, which was smeared by the left as the “Don’t Say Gay bill,” even though the piece of legislation had no such language in it.
The bill simply prohibited public school employees from engaging in classroom discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K through 3.
The bill was so reasonable, a majority of Democrats in Florida supported it.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek originally wanted to stay out of the controversy, but he buckled to pressure from “woke” employees and potentially major wealth management firms like BlackRock who are strong-arming companies with the threat of bad ESG (environmental, social, and governance) scores.
Chapek eventually spoke out against the Parent Rights in Education bill to no avail; DeSantis signed the legislation into law.
But the die was already cast.
Chapek gave the activists inside his company room to run, and the controversial kiss scene was put back into Lightyear.
This is yet another example of Hollywood inserting political messaging into the work regardless of what audiences want.
Executives within Disney are not even hiding the fact they have a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda.”
SCOOP: I've obtained video from inside Disney's all-hands meeting about the Florida parental rights bill, in which executive producer Latoya Raveneau says her team has implemented a "not-at-all-secret gay agenda" and is regularly "adding queerness" to children's programming. pic.twitter.com/eJnZMpKIXT
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 29, 2022
Chris Evans, the star who voices the titular character Buzz Lightyear, said of the kiss, “It makes me happy. It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion…The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is.”
Gay acceptance has become the norm in American society, yet progressives are determined to push these adult concepts on children in animated films.
Another reason that Lightyear may have flopped was because Tim Allen, the actor who voiced Buzz Lightyear in the four Toy Story films, was replaced by Evans.
Evans has the correct Hollywood politics, and Allen does not.
Actress Patricia Heaton, another Hollywood conservative, ripped Disney for swapping out Allen.
Saw the trailer for Buzz Lightyear and all I can say is Disney/Pixar made a HUGE mistake in not casting my pal @ofctimallen Tim Allen in the role that he originated, the role that he owns. Tim IS Buzz! Why would they completely castrate this iconic, beloved character?
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) June 14, 2022
Disney’s lame excuse was that Allen voiced the Buzz toy, and this is the “real” Buzz Lightyear.
But it’s hard to deny that Allen’s right-leaning politics played a role in Disney’s consideration.
Unsurprisingly, the movie also flopped internationally, only raking in an additional $34 million.