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Disney Faceplants With First Animated LGBTQ Character: A Horned Cyclops Lesbian Cop

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<div><div><div></div></div></div><div><p><a href="https://www.huffpost.com/impact/topic/disney" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Disney </a>is proudly unveiling its first <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/voices/topic/lgbtq" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">LGBTQ</a> animated character — but the initial reveal of its jaw-dropping one-eyed, horned lesbian cop fell way flat.</p><p>It was as if the mega-company was trying so hard to not do what <em>not</em> to do, that’s exactly what it did.</p><p>And Twitter followers let Disney have it.</p><p>The new animated film “Onward,” premiering March 6 and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as elf brothers, introduces the first “self-identified” lesbian character into the Disney-Pixar universe. Officer Specter is a Cyclops cop voiced by openly gay screenwriter and actress <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entertainment/topic/lena-waithe" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Lena Waithe</a>. </p><p>“It opens up the world a little bit, and that’s what we wanted,” director Dan Scanlon boasted to Yahoo Entertainment. “It’s a modern fantasy world and we <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/onward-introduces-first-lgbtq-character-disney-pixar-history-170026105.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">want to represent the modern world</a>.”</p><p>A few problems: With just a single LGBTQ character, the modern world of “Onward” isn’t so modern. Officer Specter makes only a <a href="https://slate.com/culture/2020/02/pixar-onward-exclusively-gay-moment-mission-accomplished.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">brief appearance in a single scene</a> and refers once to her girlfriend. Viewers don’t ever meet or see the girlfriend, according to Slate.</p><p>And though the film takes place in a “magical kingdom” with “fantastical creatures,” the other characters in the trailer all look pretty ... normal.</p><p>Granted, Disney faces a tough crowd. Many Twitter accounts mentioning Officer Specter were peppered with comments by people swearing off the film because of her.</p><p>But many blasted Disney for wimping out again. Why oh why, wondered one critic, couldn’t Elsa in “Frozen” finally come out? </p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Twitter: omg make that blonde ice princess a lesbian pls<br><br>Disney: no. But we can make this cyclop-unicorn hybrid minor character cop on this new movie a lesbian (?) if you want... <a href="https://t.co/k02f8lvb9q" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/k02f8lvb9q</a></p>— Noah Cyrus (@SexyNoahCyrus) <a href="https://twitter.com/SexyNoahCyrus/status/1231001474454429696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 21, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Let’s be honest, this is how straight people see us anyway. <a href="https://t.co/s4MT3UNbZl" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/s4MT3UNbZl</a></p>— Gideon Glick (@gidglick) <a href="https://twitter.com/gidglick/status/1231019801700683777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is homophobia i think</p>— fran (@cyberskata) <a href="https://twitter.com/cyberskata/status/1231020745297448960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Disney: first openly-LGBTQ!!<br><br>Disney: also she a cop<br><br>Disney: one scene only<br><br>Disney: being gay is v modern actually<br><br>Disney: a fantasy world with one gay<br><br>Disney: it stars Chris Pratt<br><br>Disney: friend of gays we're sure<br><br>Disney: just one modern cop gay<br><br>Disney: scene cuttable! <a href="https://t.co/xgttC6WotX" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/xgttC6WotX</a></p>— thal 🦊 (@thalestral) <a href="https://twitter.com/thalestral/status/1231032759382134784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Is she gonna play a main role or is she a throwaway character that can edited out? Because we need more LGBT characters that won't get cut for international releases</p>— 💛Let's Talk Scream💛 (@LetsTalkScream) <a href="https://twitter.com/LetsTalkScream/status/1231003726032330752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 21, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">just do it. don’t make it headline worthy. LGBT people are people. They aren’t fucking superheroes or celebrities. Just put a gay character in a movie and let viewers see it. You don’t announce a straight character (I get the argument though).<br><br>Equality is just that. EQUALity.</p>— logan (@logan_rainer) <a href="https://twitter.com/logan_rainer/status/1230990450498195463?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 21, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Are you ever gonna sell a movie and its characters by who they are and not by what they are?<br>And when will they actually have weight to the story they're in?<br><br>Star Wars, nothing.<br>Finding Dory, nothing.<br><br>Come back when they're actually more than sensational headline material.</p>— Darth Archon The Undying (@ArchonOf) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArchonOf/status/1231054266602790913?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>Disney’s “Eternals,” coming out in November, will also reportedly show the first kiss by a same-sex couple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and will feature Haaz Sleiman and Bryan Tyree Henry.</p><p>“We represent a gay family, and have a child,” Sleiman told <a href="http://www.newnownext.com/haaz-sleiman-on-little-america-gay-kiss-in-marvels-eternals-bottom-power/02/2020/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">NewNowNext</a>. He called the kiss “very moving,” adding: “Everyone cried on set.”</p><p>It’s still unclear whether that scene — or Officer Specter — will survive Disney’s international releases. Disney scrubbed a same-sex kiss from “The Rise of Skywalker” from versions released in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. </p></div><section><h5>Also on HuffPost</h5><div><div data-aria-label="Video" data-provider="vidible" data-published="2020-02-23T21:02:08+00:00" data-videovertical="" data-placeholder="//img.vidible.tv/prod/2020-02/11/5e42d39fb8bad32c96ef2dcc/5e42d3ef7eedf928f1a1e901_o_U_v1.png?w=1152&h=720&q=60"></div></div></section>

Disney is proudly unveiling its first LGBTQ animated character — but the initial reveal of its jaw-dropping one-eyed, horned lesbian cop fell way flat.

It was as if the mega-company was trying so hard to not do what not to do, that’s exactly what it did.

And Twitter followers let Disney have it.

The new animated film “Onward,” premiering March 6 and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland as elf brothers, introduces the first “self-identified” lesbian character into the Disney-Pixar universe. Officer Specter is a Cyclops cop voiced by openly gay screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe

“It opens up the world a little bit, and that’s what we wanted,” director Dan Scanlon boasted to Yahoo Entertainment. “It’s a modern fantasy world and we want to represent the modern world.”

A few problems: With just a single LGBTQ character, the modern world of “Onward” isn’t so modern. Officer Specter makes only a brief appearance in a single scene and refers once to her girlfriend. Viewers don’t ever meet or see the girlfriend, according to Slate.

And though the film takes place in a “magical kingdom” with “fantastical creatures,” the other characters in the trailer all look pretty ... normal.

Granted, Disney faces a tough crowd. Many Twitter accounts mentioning Officer Specter were peppered with comments by people swearing off the film because of her.

But many blasted Disney for wimping out again. Why oh why, wondered one critic, couldn’t Elsa in “Frozen” finally come out? 

Disney’s “Eternals,” coming out in November, will also reportedly show the first kiss by a same-sex couple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and will feature Haaz Sleiman and Bryan Tyree Henry.

“We represent a gay family, and have a child,” Sleiman told NewNowNext. He called the kiss “very moving,” adding: “Everyone cried on set.”

It’s still unclear whether that scene — or Officer Specter — will survive Disney’s international releases. Disney scrubbed a same-sex kiss from “The Rise of Skywalker” from versions released in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. 

Also on HuffPost

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/disney-faceplants-with-first-animated-lgbtq-character-a-horned-cyclops-lesbian-cop_au_5e52e7efc5b629695f5c3504

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