The quiet and fleeting depiction of lesbian mothers in an opening scene of “Toy Story 4” is being praised by homosexual advocates as a “small moment of normalization.” However, the cursory inclusion has also raised concern among some family groups who opine that it is a “subtle [way] to desensitize children” to homosexuality.
According to reports, in the beginning of the animated film, as Woody’s new owner, Bonnie, attends her first day of kindergarten, in the background — among the other children arriving for class — is a boy who is dropped off by two women. The women, who appear to be the child’s “mothers,” also embrace the boy as they return later at the end of the school day.
“[I]t’s certainly not the major representation that queer people have been waiting for, but it’s still important. This is one of the biggest movies of the year, after all, and will be seen by millions of all ages around the world,” opined the UK Gay Times.
“Here was a major family-friendly film, one of the biggest Disney Pixar releases, and they included a lesbian couple with their son. It’s a small moment of normalization, even if it’s minor,” The Mary Sue also remarked.
The lesbian site Mombian was likewise pleased, additionally noting that actress Annie Potts, who voices Bo Peep, had a role as the mother of a lesbian in the television series “The Fosters.”
But family groups said that while the depiction is fleeting, and may not even be noticed by some, it was still “unnecessary.”
“The scene is subtle in order to to desensitize children,” said One Million Moms, a part of the American Family Association (AFA), in a post about the matter. It said that the movie also contains a passing reference to not hiding in the closet.
“These ‘blink and you will miss’ moments were included strictly to push an agenda,” it opined. “Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon. It is extremely common yet unnecessary.” More on this on the Christian Network News.