A newly released trailer for Finding Dory has started speculation that the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo will be the first Disney-Pixar film to feature a lesbian couple.
In the promo, which originally debuted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, there is a brief scene where a toddler drops her sippy cup after being knocked over by a baby stroller. One of the two women walking by picks up the cup and says, “Poor baby, let me get that for you.”
The seconds-long segment almost immediately caused social media users to speculate that the two women were a lesbian couple. One user wrote, “If the rumors are true and the first lesbian couple in a disney movie ever is in #FindingDory YAY for a big important step to acceptance!!!!” while another added, “People are boycotting Disney because they show a lesbian couple in the Finding Dory trailer…Do they not know who voices Dory?!?”
The main character in the highly-anticipated film is, of course, played by Ellen DeGeneres, who famously came out as a lesbian in 1997.
The Finding Dory discussion comes on the heels of a recent campaign to feature more LGBT characters in successful movies.
Earlier this month, fans of Disney’s Frozen urged writers to make beloved character Elsa Disney’s first lesbian princess in the Oscar-winning animated film’s upcoming sequel. The movement eventually led the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to trend on Twitter.
Finding Dory hits theaters Friday, June 17.
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