‘Lightyear’ banned in some Middle Eastern countries

    Disney and Pixar’s latest animated movie Lightyear has been banned from cinemas in various Middle East countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    The film contains a same-sex kiss, involving the female character Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her partner. The scene was originally cut from the film, but reinstated after pressure from Pixar employees.

    The UAE’s Ministry of Youth and Culture’s Media Regulatory Office tweeted the order Monday saying the movie won’t run due to its “violation of the country’s media content standards.”

    The film “is not licensed for public screening in all cinemas in the UAE, due to its violation of the country’s media content standards,” the office said in a tweet. “The office confirms that all films screened in cinemas across the country are subject to follow-up and evaluation before the date of screening to the public, to ensure the safety of the circulated content according to the appropriate age classification.”

    In total, Lightyear has not receive release certificates from Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan and Lebanon.

    Lightyear is the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, and  follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. Lightyear opens in theaters on June 17, 2022.