Take a look at the scene that got the Disney-Pixar movie, Lightyear, banned in 14 countries, and likely China too!
Lightyear Movie Banned In 14 Countries + Maybe China Too!
Lightyear – the long-awaited Toy Story prequel from Disney-Pixar – has been banned in 14 Asian and Middle Eastern countries, and quite likely China too!
The ban started in the UAE, whose Media Regulatory Office of the Ministry of Youth and Culture announced on 13 June 2022 that Lightyear was banned from screening in all cinemas for “its violation of the country’s media content standards“.
A Variety report claimed that the UAE initially approved Lightyear for release, but revoked the licence after social media posts accused the movie of insulting Muslims and Islam.
That ban was then followed by other countries. The current list includes, but is not limited to :
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
Although not confirmed yet, it is very likely that Lightyear will also not be allowed to screen in China.
Lightyear producer, Galyn Susman, said that Chinese authorities “asked for cuts”, which Disney declined to make. So she assumed that the movie would not be allowed to screen there either.
The Brief Kiss That Got Lightyear Banned In 14+ Countries!
The reasons why Lightyear has been banned in at least 14 countries, and possibly China too, is over a brief kissing scene.
In the first 30 minutes of Lightyear, Alisha Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) – a female space ranger and a close friend of Buzz Lightyear – shares a brief kiss with her same-sex partner.
That kiss was part of a scene showing milestones in the couple’s relationship. It also shows the couple’s son, although it is not known if he was adopted or conceived through assisted reproduction.
But it was the brief kiss between two fictional characters that broke the camel’s back for censors in those countries. They demanded that the scene be cut from the film.
Normally, Disney would quietly cut such a controversial scene from the movie to comply with “local sensibilities”, since it doesn’t affect the plot.
However, Pixar employees had earlier penned a letter complaining that Disney corporate executives were censoring “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection” in their projects.
Disney caved to the pressure, and decided not to censor the kiss from Lightyear. And so, all those countries refused to grant a licence to screen the movie in theatres.
Lightyear Stars On Why Lightyear Was Banned…
Chris Evans, who voiced Buzz Lightyear in this prequel, labelled such objections as “frustrating”.
He also told Variety magazine that he was frustrated that news coverage of the movie would be focused on such an issue :
Taika Waititi, who voices the character of Mo Morrison in the film, added :
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