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Film: Disney refuses to Cut Same-Sex Kiss After “Lightyear” Banned in 14 Countries


Disney-Pixar’s upcoming film Lightyear has been banned in 14 different countries following the re-inclusion of a same-sex kiss. The spin-off of the critically acclaimed Toy Story movie franchise will not make it to cinemas in several countries including Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Lebanon. The UAE’s Media Regulatory Office announced on Twitter that Lightyear – which is to be released on 16 June – is to be denied license for public screening due to a “violation of the country’s media content standards”. This comes as no surprise to film producer Galyn Susman who, in an interview with … Read more

MOVIES: Pixar Producer On Why “Lightyear” Same-Sex Kiss is So Important

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Pixar producer has explained the importance of a “touching” same-sex kiss in Lightyear being restored after it was initially cut from the film. According to Variety, the origin story of Toy Story‘s Buzz Lightyear features Pixar’s first onscreen lesbian kiss, which was reportedly cut from the film. Following an uproar surrounding Disney’s handling of Florida’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the kiss was reinstated into the film in March. As part of a press screening for the film, Pixar producer Galyn Susman confirmed that while the relationship between Buzz Lightyear’s best friend Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her wife … Read more