United Arab Emirates bans Pixar’s “Lightyear” display


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — United Arab Emirates movie next Pixar animation feature “Light Year” on Monday in a report that the movie contains a kiss between two female characters It was prohibited to show at the museum.

The Arab Emirates’ decision has also reported that Malaysia will also ban movies, and as the film industry breaks out of the depths of the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of other Muslims will see Disney’s biggest animated film this year. It increases the possibility of following one of them.

Emirates, home of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, has announced through the country’s Youth Culture Ministry’s Media Regulatory Authority that the film will not be released in the country this Thursday.

“This movie is not allowed to be shown in all UAE cinemas because it violates the media content standards of the United Arab Emirates,” the agency said in a tweet. “The office confirms that all films shown in cinemas across the country will be subject to follow-up and evaluation prior to the show date to ensure the safety of content distributed according to the appropriate age classification. To do.”

The office didn’t elaborate on the tweet and didn’t immediately answer the question from the Associated Press. The tweet contains an image of a movie poster, with the “No” symbol in red on the profile image of the main character, Buzz Lightyear.

The UAE cinemas, the seven Emirates of the Arabian Peninsula, had already advertised the show time for the film. But over the weekend, a social media campaign using the Arabic hashtag “Prohibition of displaying light ears in Emirates” drew the attention of conservative Emiratis. They explained that displaying a lesbian couple on the screen was against their culture and religion.

Actor Chris Evans has expressed inspiration for the action figure of Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” movie, in which actress Uzo Aduba kisses another woman associated with her. It is reported that the character who is doing it is included.

The United Arab Emirates is many other countries in the wider Middle East, a Muslim-led country that criminalizes homosexuality. UAE warns that Islamic or Shariah law in the United Arab Emirates may include the death penalty for same-sex acts, while Dubai can be sentenced to 10 years in prison and Abu Dhabi can be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison. doing.

However, such charges are rarely reported, and LGBTQ individuals live in a city studded with skyscrapers in Dubai, home of the long-distance airline Emirates.

The $ 200 million “light-year” is expected to be a big attraction for Disney, and analysts estimate that it could exceed $ 100 million on the first weekend.

The studio has allowed censors to cut movies in the past with global distribution of content, including the Middle East market. Recently, Disney has faced protests from activists and its own staff. They said the reaction of CEO Bob Chapek, who publicly criticized the Florida law, where opponents dubbed the bill “don’t call it gay,” was slow...

Florida Governor Ron de Santis signs the bill in late March Guidance on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten to third grade is prohibited..

Movies may also be banned in Malaysia. Star, the country’s top English newspaper, quoted an anonymous non-governmental source, saying Lightyear would not be shown in a Malaysian cinema. No reason is given. Newspapers from the Kingdom of Bahrain on the island of the Persian Gulf also speculate that the film will not be shown there.

Officials from the Malaysian Film Censorship Commission, the Interior Ministry, and Walt Disney Company were not immediately asked for comment.


Associated Press writer Malak Harb in Dubai and Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia contributed to this report.


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