Disney quietly deletes 'Toy Story 2' sexual misconduct scene after #MeToo movement
A fake 'blooper' scene from Toy Story 2 has reportedly been quietly deleted by Disney in the light of the #MeToo movement.
The joke outtake was in the 1999 film's closing credits and showed Stinky Pete salaciously stroking the hands of two Barbie dolls and telling them he could get them a role in the next Toy Story movie.
"And so you two are absolutely identical?" the Prospector lecherously asks the two dolls in the clip, unaware that the camera is filming him. "You know I'm sure I can get you a part in Toy Story 3."
Watch the deleted scene here:
It is this moment that he realises he is being watched and sheepishly ushers the two Barbies out of his toy box, offering them tips on acting at a later date.
At the time, it seems nothing was made of the scene. However, it no longer appears in the new releases of the Blu-ray or download versions of the film, and it has been suggested that the studio removed it due to Hollywood's well-known issues with men in power sexually harassing those in lesser positions.
The scene deletion was reportedly discovered last month by users in online forums and websites like Reddit, with it first being reported on by the independent film site Rereleasenews.com.
Disney and Pixar have made no public comment on the move, although Stinky Pete's behaviour has been compared to disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 80 women. The 67-year-old denies all claims.
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The director of Toy Story 2 himself John Lasseter was also accused of misconduct in 2017, with the 62-year-old parting ways with the studios at the end of 2018.
The former Pixar Animation Studios co-founder and Walt Disney Company animation chief said in a statement in November 2017 that it had been brought to his attention that he had made some colleagues "feel disrespected or uncomfortable".
"I especially want to apologise to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form," he said. "No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected."