Buzz Lightyear Origin Story Featuring a Lesbian Kiss Banned in the UAE | Ents & Arts News

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A Buzz Lightyear origins film featuring a lesbian kiss has been banned in the United Arab Emirates.

Malaysia and Bahrain could also ban Pixar’s Toy Story spin-off Lightyear, according to reports.

The Emirates, which includes Abu Dhabi and Dubai, announced through the Ministry of Youth and Culture’s Media Regulatory Office that the film will not be released there on its Thursday release date.

In a tweet, the bureau said the film was “not permitted to be shown in public” due to its “violation of the country’s media content standards.”

The statement continued, “The office confirms that all films screened in theaters across the country are tracked and evaluated prior to the public screening date, to ensure content safety. broadcast according to the appropriate age rating.”

However, he did not specify the alleged violation.

Cinemas in the United Arab Emirates had already announced the showtimes for the film, which centers on the Buzz Lightyear action figure character from the popular Toy Story franchise series.

Captain America star Chris Evans voices the character of young Lightyear in the film, which is billed as “the definitive origin story.”

The ban follows a social media campaign with the Arabic hashtag “Ban Showing Lightyear in the Emirates”, which gathered pace over the weekend.

The film features female character Alisha Hawthorne, voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, who is shown kissing her female partner.

The United Arab Emirates – a federation of seven emirates on the Arabian Peninsula, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai – is a Muslim-ruled nation that criminalizes same-sex relations, like many other countries in the Middle East.

Studios have allowed censors to cut films from global distribution for content in the past, including in the Middle East market.

The Star, Malaysia’s leading English-language newspaper, quoted an unnamed non-government source as saying Lightyear will not be shown in cinemas nationwide.

A newspaper in the Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain also speculated that the film would not be shown there.

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