A few days ago, shortly after the release of a new trailer for Pixar’s Finding Dory, the internet erupted into excitement at the idea it might feature the animation studio’s first gay couple. The reason was that the promo included a shot that featured a child with two women. We chose not to report on it, as the evidence seemed pretty thin – after all, there was no evidence the women were a couple, and it’s unlikely anyone would have jumped to the assumption if one of the women didn’t have short hair and a duffel coat.
Now it seems that assessment is true, as reports from a preview screening suggest that as it lookedin the trailer, the women are only very briefly seen and there’s absolutely no info on whether they are supposed to be a family.
Some outlets have also tried to get Disney & Pixar to confirm or deny whether they were supposed to be a lesbian couple, but the studios and filmmakers aren’t saying too much. For example, USA Today asked director Andrew Stanton and producers Lindsey Collins, whether those character were LGBT. “They can be whatever you want them to be,” said Stanton. “There’s no right or wrong answer.”
“We never asked them,” added Collins.
“We have not asked that of any of the couples in any of our shots in any of our movies,” Stanton said.
It won’t help rehabilitate Disney’s gay-friendly credentials, as while the company likes to promote how LGBT-friendly it is as an employer and at its parks, it has a dismal track record for inclusiveness in its movie. Indeed, recently the studio was given a failing grade in GLAAD’s most recent Responsibility Index, due to the fact not a single one of their 2015 releases had an identifiably LGBT character. Recently there’s been a Twitter campaign to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend in Frozen 2, but on past form it’s unlikely to happen.