Officials said on Monday that the Disney and Pixar animated movie “Lighttier” has been banned from cinemas in the United Arab Emirates.
The film contains a kiss between two lesbian characters. But the UAE Media Regulatory Bureau, which announced the ban, did not provide a specific reason for its decision.
The film focuses on astronaut Buzz Lightyear, who appeared in the animated Toy Story series.
The UAE Media Regulatory Office published a tweet showing a picture of the film’s hero crossed out with a red line.
The office said in the tweet: “The Media Regulation Office announced that the animated film Lightyear, which is scheduled to be shown on June 16, is not licensed for public showing in all cinemas in the UAE, due to its violation of the state’s media content standards.”
The BBC has contacted the UAE government and Disney for comment.
The “Lighttier” ban comes just six months after the UAE announced that it would stop censoring movie releases, as well as adopting an age group, for those over 21, for films it considers appropriate for an older audience.
Last year, several countries in the Middle East were reported to have banned the movie “Honored”, produced by Pixar, due to a reference to gay parents.
In April, Saudi Arabia requested that “LGBT references” be removed from the movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Ultimately, the Disney-produced film was not shown in the country.
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