BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, DISNEY AND PIXAR’S LATEST ANIMATED FILM has been banned FROM THEATERS by The United Arab Emirates.
Although the film depicts a same-sex kiss, the UAE’s Media Regulatory Office gave no justification for its decision. The picture was prohibited because it “violated the country’s media content regulations,” according to the department.
The story revolves around Buzz Lightyear, a character from the Toy Story franchise. The UAE’s Media Regulatory Office sent out a tweet with a red line through an image of Buzz. Both the UAE government and Disney have been contacted by the BBC for comment. The Lightyear ban comes only six months after the UAE stated that it would no longer control film releases and would instead assign a 21-plus age rating to films deemed suitable for older audiences.
Consensual same-sex sexual behavior between adults is illegal in the United Arab Emirates, a Sunni Muslim-ruled country. Several Middle Eastern countries were said to have banned Pixar’s Onward last year due to a reference to lesbian parents.
Saudi Arabia sought changes to “LGBTQ connotations” in Disney’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in April, but the film was never shown in the nation.
Other films with LGBT themes that have been censored around the world include the Elton John movie Rocketman. It was explicitly banned in Samoa, and a Russian distributor removed sex scenes from the smash 2019 film.
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