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:
2022 and they still don’t support them pic.twitter.com/S0RKP8LmKG
— Iced Coffee Is A Meal ☕ (@I_Am_Sal__) June 13, 2022
It’s a kids movie why is there even a kissing scene no really why ? I thought this was a cool buzz light year adventure and fighting and his origin story so why is there kissing ? Can I take my kids to a movie that dosent involve that at all these days?
— X (@AplusContentt) June 14, 2022
I honestly hope all movies start having at least 2 same sex kiss scenes so no one there can watch movies and they can finally catch up to the 21st century
— JEROME lee WILLIAMS (@lordniklaus18) June 14, 2022
Same sex kiss scene in a kids film, makes sense, welcome to 2022
— Josh (@JoshQaQ) June 13, 2022
Take out the kiss wtf they kissing in these movies for
— Willy (@UnfazedWil) June 13, 2022
But why would you put thiss in a children’s movie? How cares if two man kisses but you don’t have to put it in cartoons that’s just strange 🤷♂️
— pat (@patrick111222) June 14, 2022
People be like, respect their culture 🤡. Hate isn’t a culture and culture shouldn’t be forced on an entire country by making it law, it should be up to the individual. I didn’t choose what country/ culture I was born into and its not like I can just pack my bags and leave
— Josh (@Joshgay1998) June 14, 2022
Unlike the west, we have values and culture to preserve, and not chase new trends.
— Raiden (@mythiiix) June 14, 2022
Ok hear me out, kissing doesn’t need to be in kids movies, but it isn’t exactly ban worthy either🤷♂️
— JamesHouldcroft (@JamesHouldcroft) June 14, 2022
I will preface this by saying I am gay, I support the kiss, but not showing it in Saudi Arabia makes sense. They don’t support that at all and people are murdered there for being gay. Also it would likely not make much money there if it was shown.
— Things Better Than Morbius (@better_morbius) June 14, 2022
With all due respect, they have no obligation to change their beliefs just so that you guys can feel better about yourselves.
— LFCanimearts 🧃 (@LFCanimearts) June 14, 2022
This agenda is getting out of hand.. smh
Why should there even be a kiss scene in a Kid’s movie?
— Young Black Boy ♚ (@KingSayo11) June 14, 2022
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