KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian film censors said Friday that Disney has taken the decision to pull the animated film Lightyear from cinemas in the country after it refused to cut scenes that promote homosexuality.
The Film Censorship Board said it approved the film with parental guidance for those under 13, subject to changes. Scenes and dialogue that “were found to contain LGBT lifestyle elements that violate key aspects of the Film Censorship Guidelines” were ordered to be “cut and toned down,” the council said in a statement.
“However, the film distributors did not agree to comply with the instructions” and instead decided to cancel the screening, the board adding that it would not compromise on any LGBTQ scenes. The board did not specify in the statement which scenes violated censorship rules. .
“Lightyear” features a female character, voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, briefly kissing her co-star in one of the scenes in the $200 million film.
Authorities in much of the Muslim world have banned Light Year from theaters because it features a brief kiss between a lesbian couple. Many Muslims view gays and lesbians as sinful, and many Muslim-majority countries criminalize same-sex relationships. The United Arab Emirates also announced that it would ban the Pixar animated film from theaters due to the kiss.
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