Pixar movie ‘Lightyear’ banned in Saudi Arabia, other Middle East countries over gay kiss

Coming on the heels of Disney digging in on Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education” bill, one of their most anticipated movies is reportedly going to be banned in Middle Eastern countries over a same-sex kiss.

For those who grew up loving “Toy Story,” the spin-off “Lightyear” promised to be a delightful continuation of the series theme. However, it appears that the company’s desire to appease the LGBT community may now have negative impacts that reach outside the United States.

According to the Daily Mail, nine countries have banned the movie from being shown in their theaters, claiming the film “is not licensed for public screening in all cinemas in the UAE, due to its violation of the country’s media content standards.” This is likely due to the lesbian kiss that occurs between the female lead and her partner. The infamous kiss was removed at one point, but during the dust-up over the erroneously named “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Disney raced to reinstate the moment.

The list of countries refusing the air the film is Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Social media reactions to the news were mixed:


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