In the middle of Pride Month, the animated film light year (buzz flash in Quebec) has just been banned in nearly fifteen countries for depicting two women as a couple exchanging a kiss.
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A total of fourteen countries in Asia and the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Egypt, have reportedly banned the film over the presence of a gay couple.
In the countries of the Middle East, homosexuality is considered a crime.
The Pixar film, which hit theaters June 17, stars Buzz Lightyear, a character we may recognize from the franchise toy story (toy story).
In the animated film, a friend of Buzz’s marries another female character and they kiss on the lips.
Banned in some countries
Censorship is a widespread practice in the Arab world, particularly in the very conservative Gulf region. Films with scenes that are considered immoral are often shortened or even banned altogether.
China reportedly asked Disney to remove scenes related to homosexuality, a request that was denied, according to Vice World News. The film would not yet be banned in this country, but would have little chance of being shown.
In April, Saudi Arabia asked Disney to remove “LGBTQ references” from the titled Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness so that it cannot be shown in cinemas in the ultra-conservative kingdom alongside the Emirates.
The Angry American Right
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These conservative countries aren’t the only ones outraged: members of the American right have also criticized Disney for including a lesbian couple in the story.
In a tweet published this week, American right-wing radio host Ben Shapiro criticized Disney for pushing its “not at all secret gay agenda”. He urged parents to consider the fact that there is a gay couple in the film before taking their children to the cinema.
Faced with such violent reactions, American actor Chris Evans, who voices the character of Buzz Lightyear, said those criticizing the film’s homosexual scenes were “idiots,” according to Vice World News.
− With information from AFP
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