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“Lightyear” banned in the Middle East for same-sex kiss – The Hollywood Reporter

“Lightyear” banned in the Middle East for same-sex kiss – The Hollywood Reporter

Disney’s meeting with Gulf censors added another chapter.

Light year is the studio’s latest film to be banned in various Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Sources say THR the decision is related to the inclusion of a homosexual kiss in Pixar toy story prequel spin-off. The scene, involving the female character Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her partner, was originally cut from the film, but reinstated following the uproar surrounding a statement by Pixar employees claiming that Disney had censored “open affection gay” and the CEO of Disney. Bob Chapek’s handling of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Light year now becomes the latest in a growing list of major Disney features that have run into trouble in the Gulf States due to scenes involving LGBTQ references or issues, which often fall foul of censors for theatrical releases in because homosexuality is officially illegal in the region.

In April, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness did not receive theatrical license, apparently due to the introduction of the character America Chavez (played by Xochitl Gomez) who, according to his portrayal in the comics, is gay. This followed that of Chloé Zhao Eternals, which was banned in much of the Gulf in November following the film’s inclusion of a same-sex couple and the MCU’s first gay superhero. At the time, THR understood that the censors had requested a series of changes that Disney was unwilling to make. An edited version was, however, released in the United Arab Emirates.

In January, West Side Story was also blocked from reaching cinemas in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait. This time, regional sources said THR the decision was due to the Anybodys character, written as transgender in the new adaptation and portrayed by non-binary actress Iris Menas.

THR has contacted Disney for comment.

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