Fourteen Middle Eastern and Asian countries have banned the showing of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Buzz Lightyear’ movie which depicts a ‘same-sex kiss.’
The kiss that has provoked the ban, is shared between two animated female characters.
As same sex relationships and homosexuality are considered a crime in several Middle Eastern Countries, the bans have extended across countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Indonesia, and Egypt.
A statement by the Emirates Media Regulatory Office early last week on Twitter confirmed that the film would not be publicly screened as it violated the country’s media content standards.
Reportedly, Chinese authorities have also requested the scene to be ‘cut’ according to one of the movies producers.
While Disney said that it was not sure if the films same sex content would see it banned in China, it said that it has declined to make any ‘cuts.’
“We’re not going to cut out anything, especially something as important as the loving and inspirational relationship that shows Buzz what he’s missing by the choices that he’s making, so that’s not getting cut out,” producer Gladys Susman said.
As Disney have attempted to add more diversity to their content, many have boycotted the company and its films, slamming Disney’s aggressive push to promote a Woke agenda on its child audiences.
While employees have recently been fired from Disney for holding more conservative views which are different to Disney’s agenda, many of them have spoken out saying their rights to their own personal views have been stripped away.
In April hundreds of protestors, including employees and concerned parents, protested outside of Disney headquarters with the message that the Disney agenda and ’wokeism’ has gone too far, as has its push in the sexualization of children.
While Chris Evans, the voice of Lightyear, said that it was ‘frustrating’ that there were objections to the film, it appears that Disney will have to endure the consequences of its hard stance, particularly in world’s biggest movie market, China.