Disney is releasing its first LGBTQ animated character. And they are really proud of it. Disney is featuring their first one-eyed, horned lesbian cop in their animated movie ‘Onward’.
However, the character’s initial release fell a little short. It is as if the mega-company was trying so hard not to do ‘what not to do’. And they ended up doing exactly that. Moreover, Twitter followers let Disney have it.
Disney’s first animated lesbian character
The film ‘Onward’ is set to release in theatres on March 6. And it predicted to break revolutionary grounds. The production is introducing it’s first LGBTQ character.
The character is a lesbian police officer with one eye and a horn. The character’s sexuality will be pointed out in the movie as opposed to just being implied. Unlike alleged lesbian couple in “Finding dory” or exclusive gay moment in “Beauty and the Beast”
The animated film features the voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as the elf brothers. The movie introduces the first self-identified lesbian character into the Disney-Pixar universe. The character is named Specter who is a Cyclops cop and is voiced by the openly gay screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe.
Director Dan Scanlon boasted on Yahoo Entertainment, “It opens up the world a little bit, and that’s what we wanted.” He adds, “It’s a modern fantasy world and we want to represent the modern world.”
The few problems
The film, however, has a few problems. The modern world of Onward is not so modern. Considering it has only a single LGBTQ character. Officer Specter makes only a brief appearance in a single scene. Moreover, she refers only once to her girlfriend who is neither met or seen by the audience in the film.
And even though the film takes place in a magical kingdom with fantastical creatures, the characters in the movie look pretty normal.
Disney does face a tough crowd. For example, many Twitter accounts mentioning Officer Spectre were filled with comments. These people swear off the fil because of her.
But there were may who blasted Disney for being a wimp again. One account said, ” Why oh why, wondered one critic, couldn’t Elsa in “Frozen” finally come out? ”
Some Twitter comments
Disney has replied to some Twitter accounts answering their queries.
Twitter: omg make that blonde ice princess a lesbian pls
Disney: no. But we can make this cyclop-unicorn hybrid minor character cop on this new movie a lesbian (?) if you want… pic.twitter.com/k02f8lvb9q
— Noah Cyrus (@SexyNoahCyrus) February 21, 2020
Let’s be honest, this is how straight people see us anyway. pic.twitter.com/s4MT3UNbZl
— Gideon Glick (@gidglick) February 22, 2020
Lena Waithe’s reveal
According to the Slate, Pixar has kept the reveal of Waithe’s character under wraps. They tend to not make it a huge media splash about it. Instead, they decided to leak the news slowly through varying reports. This is how the reveal unfolded:
Pixar did not tell anyone about Lena Waithe’s character in the film. A day before the review on the movie lifted, the closest things to a relevant search result was a Reddit post with a subject that read ‘possible lesbian couples in Pixar’s Onward??’ Along with this, there was a featured image which was a screenshot from the movie trailer.
However, the inclusion of Waithe’s character will probably not satisfy anyone who truly craves representation in the LGBTQ community.
Having said that, the audience does not need to speculate about Waithe’s Officer Spector. We know because she tells us. When she and her partner (voiced by Ali Wong) pull over a driver that claims he was distracted because of his girlfriend’s sons who have been acting up. The lesbian officer then says, “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out.”
This line goes by very fast that you can barely notice it. But guess that is why it works so well. the film does not pause to let the line sink in or isolate the moment for emphasis. It passes unremarked. As it is accepted as a fact of life. It is like saying some babies have two daddies and some babies have two mommies even if these mommies happen to be elves.
Marvel launches it’s first
The inclusion of Waithe’s character comes amid a wave of LGBTQ representation at Disney. However, in just a few months, Marvel’s movie ‘The Eternals’ will also be breaking new ground. They are featuring the first openly gay superhero. Not only that, but they are also releasing the franchise’s first gay kiss.
Actor Haaz Sleiman said, “It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss.” He also added, “Everyone cried on set. For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be. Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we in the queer community were all children at one point. We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious. We forget to connect on that human part.”