We can't believe that we have to keep explaining why representation matters in 2019, but it does. Toy Story 4, the latest film in the mega popular franchise, features a scene where a child has two moms. And some parents are having some really big negative feelings about it. Website OneMillionMoms has created a petition to boycott the movie over this "controversy."
In Toy Story 4, there is an incredibly brief moment where a child with two moms is seen in the background. That's right, it's an unspoken moment that's not even the primary focus of the action. Bonnie, the main kid of the movie, arrives for her first day of kindergarten. One of her classmates is being dropped off by their two moms. And then at the end of the day, the moms return for pickup and their kid gives them a hug. That's it. None of these characters even talk.
But 1MM (as they refer to themselves) are having none of it. "The scene is subtle in order to to desensitize children. But it is obvious that the child has two mothers, and they are parenting together" they say. It's hard to even know if kids would notice what's happening in the background, let alone have any strong feelings about it.
They go on to add "So many families probably plan on seeing this movie if they haven’t already and will be blindsided by this subtle but obvious promotion of the LGBTQ lifestyle." Acknowledging that LGBTQ+ families exist is hardly a promotion of "lifestyle." Disney, is simply trying to show that there is more than one way to have a family. Kids with hetero parents get to see their reality everywhere. Kids who have same-sex parents should have that opportunity too.
Unfortunately, this is totally normal for OneMillionMoms (even though based on their petition numbers, it's like 20,000 moms.) They're a division of the American Family Association, a fundamentalist Protestant organization that openly opposes LGBTQ+ rights and expression. While they mostly stick to entertainment, their bigotry reaches.
In the past month and a half, they've created petitions against company Procter & Gamble the Cartoon Network channel and grocery store giant Kroger. Why? Because they all support the LGBTQ+ community. In their line of thinking, by openly sharing their support, these companies are promoting a gay lifestyle. What they're really doing is showing their audiences that they're inclusive.
"Disney has decided once again to be politically correct versus providing family-friendly entertainment. Disney should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda and exposing children to controversial topics," they say at the end.
Toy Story 4 is the highest grossing G-rated film of all time, according to Forbes. It made $118 million dollars in its opening weekend, and this "petition" only has 12,638 signatures. So it's safe to say that plenty of people are on the right side of this "controversy."