Pixar’s new Toy Story spinoff, Lightyear, starring Chris Evans as the character who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy, has been targeted by review bombers over the inclusion of a same-sex kiss.
Lightyear has been pitched as a fictional film from within the Toy Story universe, which served as the inspiration for the Buzz Lightyear action figure that Andy received in the first Toy Story movie. The film follows Chris Evans’ Buzz as he attempts to return home from an alien world where he and other space rangers have been marooned.
The film’s inclusion of a gay kiss between a lesbian couple saw it banned in some countries. Now, homophobic trolls have also decided to hit out at the film online.
‘Lightyear’ Targeted Ahead Of Release
While Lightyear had its world premiere on Wednesday, the Chris Evans film is yet to release to the general public. However, one-star reviews have already started to pour in on IMDb from review bombers targeting the Pixar feature. Fortunately, IMDb took action against these trolls and temporarily locked user comments and reviews on Lightyear.
It is sad to see trolls responding in such a way to a same-sex kiss at a time when it shouldn’t be a big deal. Lightyear‘s producer Gayln Susman defended the relationship shown in the film in an interview with the Guardian, saying “we have a relationship here which lasts an entire lifetime. It’s loving, it’s supportive and it shows Buzz exactly what he doesn’t have and that’s the whole point. We should all be so lucky to have that kind of relationship in our life.”
Here is the synopsis for Lightyear:
The definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.
Directed by Angus MacLane, the film features the voice talents of Chris Evans, Uzo Aduba, Peter Sohn, Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Efren Ramirez, and Keira Hairston.
Lightyear blasts off into theaters on June 17, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming Toy Story spinoff, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.