June 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Yet another Hollywood blockbuster has left a scene of gratuitous LGBT “diversity” on the cutting room floor.
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” the fifth installment in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, opens this weekend in American and Canadian theaters. But a scene revealing a main character to be lesbian was cut from the film, Vulture reports.
Actress Daniella Pineda portrays dinosaur veterinarian Zia Rodriguez, a character originally slated to identify herself as a lesbian.
“It’s me and Chris Pratt and we are in a military vehicle with all of these mercenaries,” Pineda describes the deleted scene. “I look at Chris and am like, ‘Yeah. Square jaw. Good bone structure. Tall. Muscles. I don’t date men, but if I did, it would be you. It would gross me out, but I would do it.’”
Pineda said the scene was “cool, because it was a little insight into my character,” but did not attribute its removal to any political or moral motivation on the part of director J.A. Bayona or Universal Pictures. “I understood why they cut it — for [the] sake of time,” she said.
But while Pineda has no hard feelings about the cut, the same can’t be said of the pro-LGBT media.
“That’s unfortunate, since we’d gladly trade two minutes of raptor time for a little bit of on-screen queer character development,” Samantha Manzella writes at Logo. Pineda’s character joins a growing list of “LGBT characters that are all talk,” the BBC’s Newsbeat laments.
“Summer movie fans, it is my somber duty to inform you: we have been robbed,” Mashable’s Alison Foreman announced, noting that the film opened in the middle of LGBT “Pride” Month. “Thanks for noticing,” she added.
The “Jurassic Park” sequel is the latest mainstream movie to film but ultimately cut brief moments identifying a character’s LGBT status, other recent examples being Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther.”
The pro-homosexual lobbying group GLAAD released a report last month attacking Hollywood for such incidents, as well as for decreasing its overall LGBT output from previous years. Hollywood’s reluctance to promote homosexuality in big-budget films, despite its willingness to do so on television, may be an attempt to appeal to the lucrative Chinese market, but there is reason to suspect domestic audiences are increasingly wary of “representation” in entertainment.
In March, GLAAD found that America’s LGBT acceptance has actually begun to decrease, which conservatives attribute to the LGBT lobby’s transition from “live and let live” arguments to infringing on the religious, conscience, and privacy rights of Americans who disagree with them. This year, Marvel Comics canceled all three of its comic book series that won GLAAD awards in 2017, citing poor sales. Last year, comic retailers excoriated the publisher for hurting their business with several comics’ political and “social justice” emphasis.