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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

VIDEO GAMES: China Plans to ban Games with Queer Content

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China will ban video games featuring same-sex relationships, ‘effeminate’ men and moral choices, according to a leaked memo. The internal memo from a recent internal training by the state-backed gaming association was revealed by the South China Morning Post, lays out new restrictions for approving video games in China. According to the publication, the memo said that video games must not be viewed as “pure entertainment”, and should instead convey “a correct set of values”. Games that feature queer relationships or “effeminate males”, the memo states, should not be approved for release in China. “If regulators can’t tell the character’s … Read more

Gay in Anime

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Anime fans may be delighted to know of three titles recently released in the U.S. depicting same-sex relationships: Hitorijime My Hero, Love Stage and Yagate Kimi ni Naru (Bloom Into You). For a long time, fans of anime and manga who wanted to see gay or trans characters were stuck with imperfect representations that were often overly sexualized and played for misogynist laughs. But in the new millennium, anime fans have had better representations of gay characters to enjoy, including Yuri!!! On Ice, a homoerotic sports drama about ice skaters; Gravitation, a love story between a rock star and a … Read more