“Lightyear,” the animated film based mostly on the franchise sequence “Toy Story,” has been banned from cinemas within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the nation’s Media Regulatory Workplace introduced Monday.
The Disney-Pixar movie about “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear reportedly comprises a scene together with a same-sex kiss.
The movie was banned for its “violation of the nation’s media content material requirements,” the workplace stated on Twitter, sharing an image of the primary character Buzz Lightyear lined by a “No” image.
LGBTQ content material ban
The Emirati authorities physique didn’t state the precise violation of its content material requirements, however an Arabic hashtag “‘Lightyear’ banned within the Emirates,” in posts complaining that the movie comprises portrayals of LGBTQ relationships, was trending on Twitter.
The movie, which is anticipated to be launched later this week, reportedly features a scene of two feminine characters kissing.
The scene was initially taken out of the movie, however later restored after complaints by Disney and Pixar workers, in line with US media.
Monday’s announcement got here simply six months after the UAE stated it might cease censoring movies and as a substitute use a 21+ age ranking for content material it classifies for mature audiences.
The UAE is seen as extra liberal than different nations within the area that sometimes censor or edit out scenes it deems controversial in movies.
Saudi Arabia, for example, not too long ago banned the screening of Disney’s “Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity” because of its “LGBTQ references.”
fb/wd (AFP, Reuters)
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