• June 5, 2023

‘Lightyear’ is scandalous: the United Arab Emirates block the release of the film for the kiss between two women

“To infinity and beyond”, United Arab Emirates excluded. The country has in fact banned the screening of the animated film of the Pixar Lightyear, whose release was scheduled for Thursday 16 June (in Italy it will be in cinemas from 15), probably due to the presence of a kiss between two female characters. The stop was announced by the media regulation office of the country’s ministry of youth and culture. The film “is not licensed for public screening in all UAE cinemas due to its violation of the country’s media content standards,” the statement said.

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“The office confirms that all films screened in cinemas across the country are subject to follow-up and evaluation before the date of public screening, to ensure the safety of the content they broadcast.” Cinemas in the UAE had already advertised the movie’s showtimes.

The last born in the Pixar house, which has among the original voice actors Chris Evans in the role of the protagonist Buzz Lightyearincludes a scene where the female character Hawthornedubbed in the original by Uzo Aduba (Orange is the new black) kisses another woman with whom he is in a relationship.

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The Emirates have not officially clarified the reason for the ban, spreading on Twitter an image of the poster of the film with Buzz Lightyear and a “Stop” written in red, but the country criminalizes homosexual relations, with Dubai providing for a prison sentence up to 10 years and Abu Dhabi up to 14 years.

Last March, there was a strong controversy within Disney and its affiliate Pixar, from LGBTQIA + employees, but not limited to, who argued that “Disney’s corporate executives had called for movie cuts for virtually every moment of openly gay affection … regardless of protests from both creative teams and executive leadership. “

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