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Malaysia and other Muslim countries banned ‘Lightyear’ from playing in cinemas after Disney refused to cut a gay kissing scene from the animated film.
The Disney Pixar movie hit theaters on June 17.
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said it has approved the film under parental supervision for those under 13, subject to change. Scenes and dialogue he “found contained material promoting the LGBT lifestyle, which violates key aspects of the Film Censorship Guidelines”, were ordered to “cut and muted “.
“However, the film distributors did not agree to comply with the instructions” and instead decided to cancel the screening, the council said, adding that it would not compromise on LGBTQ scenes.
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The statement does not specify which scenes violated censorship guidelines.
Authorities in much of the Muslim world have banned “Lightyear” from being played in cinemas because it features a brief kiss between a lesbian couple.
Many Muslims consider gay and lesbian behavior a sin, and many Muslim-majority countries criminalize same-sex relationships. The United Arab Emirates also announced that it would ban the release of the Pixar animated feature in theaters because of the kiss.
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The homosexual kiss occurs in the first 30 minutes of the film. The moment occurs between the character Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) and his partner.
The scene was also criticized in the United States.
‘Lightyear’ star Chris Evans called people in the US criticizing the scene “idiots” in a recent interview.
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“The real truth is that these people are idiots,” Evans said in an interview with Reuters Television.
“There will always be people who are scared and don’t know and who try to hold on to what was before. But those people are dying like dinosaurs. I think the point is not to pay attention to them, to ‘move forward and embrace the growth that makes us Human.’
The Associated Press contributed to this report.