Lightyear – the long-awaited Toy Story prequel from Disney-Pixar studios – has so far been banned in 14 Asian and Middle Eastern countries due to its depiction of a lesbian marriage and a same-sex kiss.
The film was first banned in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose Media Regulatory Office of the Ministry of Youth and Culture announced on June 13 that Lightyear was banned from screening in all cinemas for “its violation of the country’s media content standards“.
The countries that have banned the film include: Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UAE. “We were warned that this would be a likely outcome,” US producer Galyn Susman told AFP. “But we weren’t going to change the film we wanted to make just because of some countries with – for lack of a better term – backward beliefs,” she added.