UAE Bans New Pixar Film ‘Lightyear’ Over Scene Depicting Same-Sex Kiss

The new Disney-Pixar animated film ‘Lightyear’ was banned from being shown in cinemas in the United Arab Emirates after it was revealed that the film contains a kiss between two female characters.

The UAE’s Media Regulatory Office announced through Twitter on Monday that the ‘Lightyear’ movie, which was due for its premiere in the country on June 16, “Is not licensed for public screening in all cinemas in the UAE, due to its violation of the country’s media content standards.”

The tweet provided a screenshot of the film’s poster, which had Buzz Lightyear’s profile image with a red “no” symbol over it.

The film features a sequence involving a lesbian character named Alisha and her partner who greet each other with a kiss on the lips.

Consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults is illegal in the UAE.

The US State Department cautions that under Islamic, or Shariah, law, same-sex conduct can result in death, while Dubai can impose a 10-year prison sentence and Abu Dhabi can impose up to 14 years.

The ‘Lightyear’ ban comes only six months after the UAE stated that it would no longer control film releases and would instead assign a 21-plus age rating to films deemed suitable for older audiences.

Censorship in Saudi Arabia has recently prevented local audiences from seeing Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, due to the inclusion of a gay character; Marvel’s Eternals, due to Disney’s refusal to make edits that included the film’s same-sex kiss; and West Side Story, due to the inclusion of a transgender character.

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