Disney recently presented Alonso with a solo problem.
Conspiracy over Victoria Alonso abruptly exits from Marvel continues.
March, THR EXCLUSIVE DISNEY FIRE Alonso Breach of contract for her work in an Oscar nominated film Argentina, , made by Amazon. Last week, Disney said the firing was due to “an undisputed breach of contract and direct violation of company policy.”
Alonso, through his attorney, Patty Glaser, disputed this explanation for the dismissal, saying in a statement at the time: “Victoria is a man of courage. Criticize Disney’s Latino homosexuality, silence. Then, when she refuses to do something she feels reprehensible, she gets fired.”
Some Disney insiders believe, The “reprehensible” behavior Glaser refers to is the demand for censorship gay Pride reference latest Ant-Man in Kuwait market movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter .
January, as Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Fever was getting ready for release when word got out that a Marvel exec wanted an editor to blur a storefront window with rainbow decorations and the word “proud” Version of the film will be shown in Kuwait, where there are strict anti-LGBTQ laws. The storefront appears in two brief scenes in which Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) walks the streets of San Francisco.
Miracle. She publicly challenged then-CEO Bob Chapek against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill — as did colleagues at sister company Pixar — and she champions diverse stories.
Quantumania The request reached Alonso, who Insiders said she declined to let her team do the editing as part of her role at Marvel overseeing visual effects and post-production. Marvel then found an outside vendor to do the editing.
According to sources, there were several other changes to the film in Kuwait, the only country whose proud reference was vague. The edit also removed references to alcohol that could run afoul of local authorities, and removed the animated butt of the character MODOK (played by Corey Stoll).
Reps for Disney and for Alonso declined to comment.
Hollywood studios have long struggled with censorship in countries with anti-LGBTQ laws, especially those in the Middle East. For Kuwait, Disney removed a moment of affection at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever between Michaela Coel’s character Aneka and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo. In other cases, Disney has declined to make edits, with insiders pointing out that Disney does not cut out parts deemed integral to the story. Pixar Light Years is Banned in Saudi Arabia on same-sex kissing, and Marvel’s Eternals Banned in multiple countries because the film is about a same-sex marriage between Fastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and his on-screen husband Ben (Haz Suleiman).
Disney’s editorial policy is as follows: “In the countries in which we operate, we strive to share our stories in the original form created by us and the artists involved. If we have legal or Others consider editing, and they will be as narrow as possible. We will not edit where we think it will affect the storyline. In that case, we will not distribute the content in that market.”
One year ago, Alonso spoke at the GLAAD Media Awards , when Disney and the state of Florida were on “Stop Talking Gay.” Stepping up to the podium, she begged Chapek to take a stand: “So I’m asking you Chapek again Mister: If we are selling out the family, please respect, against all these crazy outdated laws. Stand up for the family.”
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