“Lightyear” didn’t come close to breaking infinity and beyond at the box office during its opening weekend after the radicalized Disney lost its magic with average families.
The latest installation in the “Toy Story” franchise earned only about $51 million in North America on its opening weekend, failing to dethrone “Jurassic World: Dominion,” which sits at No. 1 for the second week in a row.
“Lightyear” had everything going for it: notoriety from a much-beloved franchise, excessive advertising, and word-of-mouth buzz. Its underperformance at the box office, however, proves that no amount of media attention can mask the distaste many Americans have towards Disney since its dive into the deep end of wokeism.
Hollywood newsletter The Ankler scrambled to explain the faceplant on Monday, pointing to every possible explanation except Disney’s recent doubling down on pushing its sexual agenda on children. They attribute its failure to its lack of appeal to girls, an unrelated tie to the original Toy Story movies, and the harm that putting Pixar films on Disney Plus has had.
Chris Evans, who voices the titular character and replaced the right-of-center actor Tim Allen who originated the role of Buzz Lightyear, has called critics of the movie’s use of an animated same-sex kiss to further Disney’s LGBT agenda “idiots” who will eventually “die off like dinosaurs.”
It never dawned on The Ankler, Evans, or Disney defendants that the reason the entertainment giant is losing stake in American households is that many parents do not support the over-sexualization and indoctrination of their children.
In a poll conducted by The Trafalgar Group in April 2022, 68 percent of respondents were turned off by the entertainment company’s increased focus on creating content that exposes children to sexual ideas.
“News reports reveal Disney is focusing on creating content to expose young children to sexual ideas,” the survey asked. “Does this make you more or less likely to do business with Disney?”
57.2 percent of respondents said they were “much less likely” to do business with Disney, 11 percent were “less likely,” and only 9.4 percent were “more likely” to do business with them.
Meanwhile, 14 countries banned screenings of “Lightyear” due to the same-sex kiss scene between two women. Although it is not confirmed yet, it is likely the movie will also be banned in China after Chinese authorities asked for “cuts” to the scene and Disney refused (although Disney has been all too willing to bend to the demands of Chinese Communist Party censors before).
Disney is digging itself into a deeper and deeper hole as it doubles down on its self-proclaimed “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” in response to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Parental Rights in Education bill that prohibits teaching children in kindergarten through third grade about sexual orientation or gender identity.
If Disney continues down this anti-family path, it can expect to see its place in the American household fizzle as inauspiciously as this last installation of the “Toy Story” franchise.
Elise McCue is an intern at The Federalist and student at Virginia Tech majoring in multimedia journalism and professional and technical writing. She is an opinions and lifestyle writer for the Collegiate Times and reports on the Southwest Virginia music scene for The Roanoke Times. You can follow her on twitter @elisemccue or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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