Malaysia says Disney refused to cut gay scenes in Lightyear movie

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Malaysian film censors say it was Disney’s decision to pull the animated film Lightyear from cinemas in the country after it refused to cut scenes showing homosexuality.

The Film Censorship Board said it approved the film with parental guidance for those under 13 subject to change.

Scenes and dialogue he “found to contain material promoting the LGBT lifestyle that violates key aspects of film censorship guidelines” have been ordered “cut and muted,” the director said. advice in a press release.

“However, the film distributors did not agree to comply with the instructions” and decided to cancel the screening, the council said, adding that it would not compromise on LGBTQ scenes.

Uzo Aduba (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The board did not specify in the statement which scenes violated censorship guidelines.

Lightyear includes a female character, voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, briefly kissing his female partner in a scene from the $200m (£162m) film.

Authorities in much of the Muslim world have banned Lightyear from being played in cinemas because it includes the brief kiss.

Many Muslims regard gays and lesbians as sinful, and many Muslim-majority countries criminalize same-sex relationships.

The United Arab Emirates has announced that it will ban the release of the Pixar animated feature in cinemas because of the kiss.

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