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The Reactions To Pixar’s First Gay Main Character Will Warm Your Heart

"I wish I had this to see growing up."

Today, Pixar made history with the introduction of the studio’s first gay main character. Pixar’s short film Out follows the story of Greg, a man who struggles to come out to his parents as he prepares to move into the city with his boyfriend, Manuel.

According to Variety, “Greg’s inner turmoil rises as his parents surprise him and come to help him pack.” Then, in a “magical turn of events,” Greg switches bodies with his dog, “and as he tries to hide evidence of his relationship, he soon realises he shouldn’t hide who he truly is from his parents.”

Out is a huge win for LGBTQIA+ representation in animation, and the reaction from Pixar fans is just as heartwarming at the film itself.

Multiple Twitter users admitted that the film made them cry, and one user said Out is “not only a beautiful work of art, it’s a fantastic heartfelt story of love and acceptance. I hope this opens the door to more inclusive love stories being told in the mainstream.”

Greg isn’t the only LGBT character we’ve met in the world of animation. In Pixar’s most recent full-length film Onward, Lena Waithe voices a purple lesbian cyclops, and Variety reports that Toy Story 4 and Finding Dory also feature gay and lesbian couples in the backgrounds of films. 

Just this year, we’ve also seen gay, lesbian and bisexual characters featured in animated series including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Cleopatra in Space, Castlevania, Ducktales and more. However, Out appears to be the first animated film featuring a member of the LGBT community as a main character.

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Out is available to watch on Disney Plus as part of its SparkShorts series, showcasing the independent projects of Pixar creators. It’s an inspiring step in a more inclusive direction and definitely worth a watch.

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'Watermelon Sugar' Models Say Harry Styles Was The King Of Consent On Set

"That's why it was so fun – everyone was so comfortable."

Since Harry Styles went solo and blessed us with Fine Line, he’s seemingly embraced his vulnerability, sexuality and freedom more than ever before. But one thing Harry Styles is not embracing is toxic behaviour – just ask the models from his recent ‘Watermelon Sugar’ video. 

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Earlier today, Styles dropped the video for ‘Watermelon Sugar’ – a ‘70s inspired, psychedelic orgy of colours, genetically-blessed models, and as expected, a lot of watermelon.

After the video was released, Ephrata, a model who appeared in the video took to socials to discuss her experience on set. She explained that during filming, “The people were telling him to touch my hair and play with it and he was like ‘wait, pause can I touch your hair’”

“I was like ‘yeah, that’s really nice of you,’” she said. “Then everyone was like ‘consent king, consent king!’”

“That’s why it was so fun – everyone was so comfortable,” she added.

In another Tweet, Ephrata wrote, “Harry Styles is an amazing person and his fan base is just as beautiful.”

It’s not the first time Harry Styles has placed importance on respecting others – and women, in particular. In a 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, the singer said, “I think ultimately feminism is the thinking that men and women should be equal, right?”

“People think that if you say ‘I’m a feminist,’ it means you think men should burn in hell and women should trample on their necks,” he said. “No, you think women should be equal. That doesn’t feel like a crazy thing to me.”

“I think the ideals of feminism are pretty straightforward,” he added. 

There you have it – not only is Harry Styles a feminist ‘king of consent,’ but he even released the video for ‘Watermelon Sugar’ with a warning to “not try this at home” and practice safe social distancing. Harry – never change. 

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Eagle-Eyed Fans Have Found A Sneaky Easter Egg Linking ‘Extraction’ To ‘Thor’

Blink and you'll miss it.

If you’ve been binge watching your way through Netflix’s endless supply of content like most people have been doing in isolation, there’s no doubt you would’ve come across Extraction. The 2020 action thriller stars Chris Hemsworth as a black-market mercenary hired to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. 

It’s a classic high-octane action flick, but what many people don’t realise is that it has a sneaky easter egg linking to Hemsworth’s role in Thor. 

Eagle-eyed Reddit users have pointed out that in Extraction Chris Hemsworth removes his shirt to reveal a norse tattoo “similar to the Helm of Awe of The Viking Compass.” Fans of the MCU will be well aware that Thor is the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology – the Scandinavian mythological framework that was upheld around the Viking Age. 

Credit: Reddit

It makes sense that Hemsworth’s character in Extraction would have ties to Thor. It was written by Joe Russo of Russo Brothers and Avengers fame, after all. In fact, there have been reports that Hemsworth only did Extraction because Russo was involved.

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Hemsworth’s back tattoo in Extraction isn’t the only detail you’ll blink and miss. According to Looper, Extraction makeup artist Matteo Silvi reportedly tried to make Hemsworth look “less handsome.”

Speaking to The Credits, Silvi said, “we added dirt and blood and scars and Chris still looked amazing. He was better looking like that.” 

Apparently, Silvi added some strategically-placed scars to Hemsworth’s nose and face. “The scars changed him a lot,” Silvi said. “It definitely made him look more rough and tough.”

I’m not sure the scars made Hemsworth less handsome – because that is quite frankly, impossible – but he definitely looks the part. 

Since Extraction dropped on Netflix, it has gained quite a bit of buzz and a sequel to the film is now officially in the works.

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