13 March 2020, 17:27
Blank Check was released by Disney in 1994, and one particular kiss scene between an adult woman and a child have gone viral, leaving people angry and threatening to boycott new streaming platform, Disney+.
For those who already have access to Disney+, binge-watching your favourite classic movie at any time sounds like our idea of heaven – but fans have noticed that some of the older films on the platform actually contain some seriously messed up storylines.
Enter: Blank Check.
The 1994 comedy about a boy who cashes a blank check for a million dollars and then gets hunted by the FBI sees fifth grader Preston (approximately 11 years old) ask Shay (a 30 year old FBI agent) on a date. Already weird, we know.
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In the role, played by Karen Duffy, the agent insists that he waits ten years and she’ll reconsider, but he compromises at six years, before the tension between the two hots up and…well, they snog.
An eleven year old and a 30-something year old. Mhm. (In real life, Karen was 34 and Brian Bonsall who plays Preston was 13 which makes this situation absolutely no better).
Watch at your own risk…
In a low-key hilarious TikTok that brought the scene back into the limelight, the person behind the camera turns it around to a horrified face that we can only describe as what all of us are thinking RN.
The video has seen been viewed over 980,000 times, and people are not happy that Disney+ is allowing it, but doesn’t believe that the likes of Love, Simon is family-friendly enough to air on the platform.
Love, Victor, the spinoff series to the original 2018 film Love, Simon has been transferred to Hulu since Disney made the claims it was inappropriate as a teenager comes to terms with his sexuality, so witnessing this Blank Check on the platform has rustled some feathers, and fans have even accused the production giant of being homophobic.
Can I also add that Disney doesn’t have the balls to truly add a legitimate LGTBQ+ character yet they let this air
— T-RexXD225 (@rexxd225) March 12, 2020
and yet they won’t allow love, simon because it’s ‘inappropriate for children’
— ivica – IANOWT (@queercvrls) March 12, 2020
exactly. i hate this. if anything love simon also educates kids that homosexuality is a thing and lgbt people are just like any person living their normal life. how the fUCK did they think this was okay?!?!?!
— mari @ loving Gavin (@marisnow_bub) March 13, 2020
Every time I watch a Disney movie from childhood as an adult I’m confused by how most of it was ever allowed.
— Reaching my Full LSC (@ANSTYLEdotCOM) March 13, 2020
Disney: we’ll tollerate pedophilia but homosexuality is where we draw the line
— Ancient-Onyx (@AncientOnyx) March 12, 2020
Disney are yet to respond to the video, but Blank Check’s Rotten Tomatoes rating has since plummeted to an embarrassingly low 9%, and people are threatening to boycott the streaming service all together.
Maybe it wasn’t worth it after all, right Disney? (P.S. justice for Love, Simon)