There Probably Isn't A Transgender Stingray In 'Finding Dory'
Ellen DeGeneres said in a recent interview that a stingray in the film was becoming a "sting-Rhonda." Was she for real?
Looks like there probably isn't a transgender character in Disney's upcoming film "Finding Dory."
Ellen DeGeneres, who voices Dory, was reportedly joking when she said in a recent interview that a stingray in the movie is transitioning to become a "sting-Rhonda."
If what DeGeneres said were true, this underwater creature would be Disney's first transgender character.
But "Finding Dory" might include other LGBT characters.
The filmmakers and DeGeneres were careful to not give a concrete answer when directly asked about the sexual orientation of the two women in the trailer.
"We never asked them," producer Lindsey Collins told USA Today.
Director Andrew Stanton said: "We never did. So they can be whatever you want them to be."
And DeGeneres told People magazine: "It's a great conversation. Whether they intended it to be a woman with a bad, short haircut being gay or not, I think it's a great thing."
Earlier this year, GLAAD gave Walt Disney Studios a failing rating after none of its 11 films released in 2015 included an LGBT character. Afterward, campaigns on Twitter have had fans calling for Disney to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend and #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend.
Disney hasn't commented on either request. "Finding Dory" hits theaters June 17.
This video includes clips from Walt Disney Studios and images from Getty Images.
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