Onward Gay Character Scene Gets Axed By Russian Censorship
To try to aim for diversity and inclusion of everyone, Pixar decided to introduce its first openly gay Disney character in its recent movie, Onward. While many would say it is a positive step, some like Russia have decided to go for censorship. Lena Waithe’s gay character will have one different scene as the country decided to ax the original before showing it in their cinemas.
Onward Gay Character Axed By Russian Authorities
There is a scene in the Onward movie that features a cyclops policewoman Officer Specter. At one point, she tells that she has a girlfriend. However, people-watching in Russia will instead hear the word “partner” because of censorship. Lena Waithe has not said anything about this for now, and neither did Disney or Pixar. This is not the first time the Russian media board is controlling such liberty in showing LGBT characters. During the screening of Avengers: Endgame, there was one dialogue which the authorities changed to blur that character being gay.
Lena Waithe, who voices Onward’s gay character has also worked in Master of None, Westworld, Dear White People and This Is Us. The new movie has lead stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland who play the roles of two brothers. These brothers are in a quest to bring back their dead father to life for just a while so they can talk to him.
On February 21, 2020, the film saw its official release in the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. According to Pratt, true events inspire the movie storyline. The writers always wanted to have a chance to speak to their father. With only a broken tape where they are only able to listen to him speak just two words, that is all they have to take a picture of their father.
The moving story inspired the writers to make Disney’s Pixar. While the story is incredibly popular in most parts of the world, it might not be everyone’s favorite in Russia. Due to the inclusion of a gay character, Russians altered a scene in Onward.