The scene in question reportedly shows the female lead in film voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, kissing her 'female partner'

Malaysia: Disney refused to cut gay scenes in ‘Lightyear’

Malaysia’s film censors said that it was Disney’s decision to ax the animated movie ‘Lightyear’ from the country’s theaters after refusing to cut scenes that ‘promote’ homosexuality.

Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said it approved the movie with parental guidance for those under 13 on the condition that scenes and dialogues ‘found to contain elements promoting the LGBT lifestyle’ that violated guidelines were ‘cut and muted.’

But Disney apparently did not agree to the conditions and decided instead to cancel the screening, the board said, adding that it would not compromise on any LGBTQ scenes. 

The board’s statement did not specify which scenes violated censorship guidelines but the $200 million film includes a lesbian space ranger character, Alisha, voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, and her partner starting a family together and greeting each other with a kiss on the lips.

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The scene in question reportedly shows the female lead in film voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, kissing her ‘female partner’ 

Malaysia's Film Censorship Board said it approved 'Lightyear' with parental guidance for those under 13 on the condition that scenes and dialogues 'found to contain elements promoting the LGBT lifestyle' were 'cut and muted'

Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said it approved ‘Lightyear’ with parental guidance for those under 13 on the condition that scenes and dialogues ‘found to contain elements promoting the LGBT lifestyle’ were ‘cut and muted’ 

Pixar's 'Lightyear' has been banned in multiple counties due to the fact the animated film shows a same-sex kiss between two characters - a scene parent company Disney initially took out, but reinstated following complaints from offended staff

Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ has been banned in multiple counties due to the fact the animated film shows a same-sex kiss between two characters – a scene parent company Disney initially took out, but reinstated following complaints from offended staff

Parent company Disney reportedly initially took out, but reinstated in March following complaints from offended staff

 Parent company Disney reportedly initially took out, but reinstated in March following complaints from offended staff

The scene had been originally cut from the film by Disney earlier this year bit it was reinstated in March after Pixar staffers complained about the censorship in an open letter obtained by Variety.

The letter criticized the company’s CEO Bob Chapek on his handling of the issue, accusing him attempting to censor ‘gay affection.’

The note further criticized his handling of Florida’s controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which saw the company at first take a tentative stance on the bill before succumbing to public pressure and condemning it.

The bill bans the teaching of lessons on sexuality, gender identity and sexual orientation from kindergarten up to third grade.

Malaysia recently had similar qualms over gay scenes in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ and Elton John biopic ‘Rocket Man.’ 

Disney’s decision to not cut any LGBT scenes from the Toy Story spinoff comes after authorities across much of the Muslim world have barred ‘Lightyear’ from being played at cinemas because it includes a brief kiss between a lesbian couple.  

Many Muslims consider gays and lesbians to be sinful and many Muslim-majority nations criminalize same-sex relationships. 

As of Monday, a total of 14 countries- Malaysia, The UAE, Indonesia, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Syria and Iraq- have barred citizens from seeing the film, set to hit theatres later this week.

The UAE – home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai – was the first to reveal they had banned the picture, which features actor Chris Evans voicing the inspiration for Tim Allen’s action figure Buzz Lightyear, made famous in the ‘Toy Story’ films. 

The country made the announcement through its Media Regulatory Office of the country’s Ministry of Youth and Culture, saying the film would not be opening Thursday, due to its violation of rules imposed on the nation’s media.

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 wrote.

The media watchdog further asserted that the ban was meant ‘to ensure the safety of the circulated content according to the appropriate age classification.’

The film was reportedly never submitted to censors in Saudi, due to producers’ assumptions that it would not pass because of the country’s outspoken disapproval of homosexuality.

The film has garnered controversy in the states as well, with many critics blasting the studio for trying to push a supposed ‘gay agenda’ to children. 

‘Disney works to push a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” and seeks to add “queerness” to its programming, according to executive producer Latoya Raveneau. Parents should keep that in mind before deciding whether to take their kids to see “Lightyear,” which hits theaters this week,’ Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted about the film. 

Another person tweeted that it should be up to parents whether or not kids are exposed to a lesbian kiss: ‘No reason for it to be in the movie. Kids need to be kids not see things that they later on will discuss with parents, When the parents decide too. I’m gonna continue to be picky about the disney movies my family watches kids don’t need to see that yet,’ 

‘Disney wishes the whole world would become Hollywood. Old Walt, frozen or not, must be SPINNING!!,’ someone else tweeted. 

While another person tweeted: ‘Remember when a Disney movie could just be an escape from the world? No political messaging. Just a simple escape.’

Disney has been branded hypocritical for voluntarily cutting ‘overtly gay affection’ from previous films to appease homophobic foreign governments.

DailyMail.com can reveal at least four recent feature films were altered to appease the views of leadership in China, Russia and the Middle East.

The company has previously kept moments of LGBT affection in its American films, but removed or changed them in its more conservative markets.

Pixar released Onward, an animated feature that tells the tale of two elf brothers who embark on a magical quest to spend time with their late father, in February 2020.

The film included a secondary character, Officer Spector, a cyclops cop for the city of New Mushroomton, who was in a lesbian relationship.

Officer Spector, voiced by Lena Waithe, mentions her relationship during a parenting discussion with another secondary character: ‘It’s not easy being a new parent – my girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out, okay?’

The line sparked outrage is several eastern countries, resulting in a ban of its release in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Deadline reported.

Russia, which has a history of censoring gay content, changed the word ‘girlfriend’ to ‘partner’ in the parenting scene. Local advertisements for the film also avoided mentioning Officer’s Spector’s gender.

Disney has also been accused of cutting the majority of inclusive scenes in the 2022 Pixar film Turning Red. Several employees have called on the studio to 'release the Gay Cut' of the film

Disney has also been accused of cutting the majority of inclusive scenes in the 2022 Pixar film Turning Red. Several employees have called on the studio to ‘release the Gay Cut’ of the film

Pixar film Onward, which features a lesbian character named Officer Spector (pictured), was censored in Russia to change the character from having a 'girlfriend' to a 'partner'

Pixar film Onward, which features a lesbian character named Officer Spector (pictured), was censored in Russia to change the character from having a ‘girlfriend’ to a ‘partner’

In Marvel's Eternals, a same-sex kiss shared by Phastos and his husband, Ben Stoss, was edited out in the Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Ethiopia, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. The kiss is pictured above

In Marvel’s Eternals, a same-sex kiss shared by Phastos and his husband, Ben Stoss, was edited out in the Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Ethiopia, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. The kiss is pictured above

Meanwhile, members of the LGBT community have heralded Officer Spector as Disney’s first openly gay character.

The Marvel franchise, which is owned by Disney, included a same-sex kiss in Eternals, a November 2021 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name.

The character of Phastos, the inventor of the community of genetically-engineered Eternals, is married to a man named Ben Stoss. Together the pair raise a son, Jack.

In one scene, Phastos is seen kissing Ben. But, according to Out.com, that moment was edited out for audiences in the Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Ethiopia, Palestine, Syria and Turkey.

The countries did, however, keep other scenes in which Phastos interacts with his husband and son. It is unclear if the familial relations between the characters were defined.

Out.com notes that in addition to the same-sex kiss, all scenes of physical intimacy, including those depicting heterosexual relationships, were also removed from the film, which is standard practice in those countries.

Another Marvel film, Avengers: Endgame, which was released in 2019 and grossed nearly $3billion worldwide, was also censored abroad.

Early on in the film, there is a brief scene in which a gay character attends a support group meeting with Captain America.

‘So, I went on a date the other day. First time in five years,’ the character said, before adding later: ‘He cried as they were serving the salad. But I’m seeing him again tomorrow.’

It was the first time an openly gay character appeared in a Marvel film.

According to Russian newspaper TJournal, the nation’s dubbed version of Endgame changed the dialogue to remove ‘romantic overtones’.

In the Russian version, the charcater says: ‘I was recently at dinner. First time in five years. […] He cried over a plate of salad. […] Tomorrow I’m meeting him again.’

The newspaper also claimed Disney may have changed dialogue in Marvel’s 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War to avoid additional conflict with the Russian government, however it is unclear what the nature of the dialogue was.

Disney came out against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill, whose official title is the Parental Rights in Education Bill, last month after being pressured by woke in-house diversity factions

Disney came out against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, whose official title is the Parental Rights in Education Bill, last month after being pressured by woke in-house diversity factions

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been at the forefront of the culture wars with his state's controversial 'Parental Rights in Education' law - which opponents call the 'Don't Say Gay' law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been at the forefront of the culture wars with his state’s controversial ‘Parental Rights in Education’ law – which opponents call the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

Florida has become a key battleground, with conservatives turning on Disney because of the way it opposed a law banning school teachers from holding classroom discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity

Florida has become a key battleground, with conservatives turning on Disney because of the way it opposed a law banning school teachers from holding classroom discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity

Similarly, Pixar was accused of downplaying gay tones in its 2021 film Luca, which details the friendship of two young sea monsters who appear human when on land.

The monsters, Luca and Alberto, develop a ‘profound friendship’ that many interpreted as a ‘coming out allegory’.

The film’s director told The Wrap the studio had ‘talked about’ the monsters’ relationship being romantic, but also noted officials ‘didn’t talk about it as much’ because the film focuses ‘on friendship’ and is ‘pre-romance.’

What is the Parental Rights in Education law?

HB 1557 was introduced by two Republican members of the Florida Legislature – Representative Joe Harding and Senator Dennis Baxley.

They say the bill’s aim is to ’empower parents’ in their children’s education, and make teachers recognize the distinction between ‘instruction’ and ‘discussion.’

‘What we’re prohibiting is instructing them in a specific direction,’ Baxley said about how teachers lead students in a classroom. 

‘Students can talk about whatever they want to bring up, but sometimes the right answer is, ”You really ought to talk to your parents about that.”’

It states that ‘classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur.’

Part of it applies to kids in kindergarten through third grade, while a vague portion bans all discussion of ‘sexual orientation or gender identity’ in a ‘manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate.’

It also requires districts to ‘adopt procedures for notifying a student’s parent if there is a change in the student’s services or monitoring related to the student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being,’ something LGBTQ advocates argue could lead to students being outed to their parents without the student’s knowledge or consent.

The state House approved the bill in February. It was passed in the state Senate on March 8 in a 22-17 vote. DeSantis signed it into law on March 28 and it will come into effect on July 1.

‘Some people seem to get mad that I’m not saying yes or no, but I feel like, well, this is a movie about being open to any difference,’ director Enrico Casarosa added.

Disney has reportedly refused to confirm if the pair were in a gay romance.

The films bosses are also accused of having toyed with the idea of making character Giulia, a human girl who befriends Luca and Alberto, a lesbian but decided against it because the creative team was ‘stymied by how to do it without also creating a girlfriend for the character.’

‘We very often came up against the question of, “How do we do this without giving them a love interest?”‘ a production source told Variety. ‘That comes up very often at Pixar.’

Disney has also been accused of cutting the majority of inclusive scenes in the 2022 Pixar film Turning Red, which was a coming of age story about puberty.

Pixar employees allege there was misrepresentation in the animated film and that it was riddled with ‘ambiguous possibly gay hinting,’ according to InsideTheMagic.

Several employees have called on the studio to ‘release the Gay Cut’ of the film.

It is unclear what specifically the alleged gay scenes depicted, however critics have posted stills to social media of scenes in which two female characters have their faces just inches apart.

Disney came out against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, whose official title is the Parental Rights in Education Bill, last month after facing immense pressure from staff members.

The bill prohibits public school instruction on gender and sexuality between kindergarten and third grade.

Supporters say the bill, which was signed into law in March, stops teachers from pushing inappropriate content on children, which they believe students may be too young to understand.

Opponents say the bill is homophobic, and that the vagueness of its wording could see a teacher reported to authorities for something as minor as mentioning their same-sex partner in class.

Disney initially stayed quiet on the bill.

But the firm – which has long had a good track record on supporting its LGBT staff – is said to have waded into the issue after being pressured by woke in-house diversity factions now said to exert growing influence over bosses there.

CEO Bob Chapek later spoke out after walkouts by a small number of Disney staffers – and angered DeSantis by openly suggesting that his firm would apply pressure on lawmakers.

After blasting the bill, he said: ‘As I wrote to our employees earlier this week, we are committed to supporting community organizations like these so they are equipped to take on these fights.

‘Meanwhile, we are also reassessing our approach to advocacy, including political giving in Florida and beyond.’

Laws passed this year directed at transgender youth around the US

Conservative lawmakers have passed a flurry of bills this year directed at transgender youth, including measures that bar classroom discussion of gender identity, block access to healthcare to help young people transition, and restrict participation in sports.

The Republican-sponsored legislation comes in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections, with transgender rights emerging as a major front in the U.S. culture wars.

Here are some of the bills passed or enacted this year:

School sports bans 

ARIZONA: Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed a law that bans transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams in public and private schools.

KENTUCKY: The legislature, overriding Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s veto, enacted a law that bans trans women and girls from school sports teams in grades six through 12 and at Kentucky colleges and universities.

INDIANA: The Republican-led legislature overrode Republican Governor Eric Holcomb’s veto of a law banning transgender girls from female school sports teams. Holcomb, a Republican, vetoed the legislation in March for addressing a nonexistent problem.

IOWA: Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill requiring student athletes to join school sports team based on ‘sex at birth’ across public and private schools as well as in higher education.

KANSAS: Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports will stand. Proponents of the bill did not get the two-thirds majority needed in the state’s House of Representatives to overturn the Democratic governor’s veto, essentially killing the bill despite a vote by state senators to override that veto.

LOUISIANA: A bill prohibiting transgender girls and young women from joining girls’ school sports teams has gone to the desk of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, who has called the legislation unnecessary but has not said whether he will veto it. The bill applies to public schools, including colleges, and private schools that receive state funding.

OKLAHOMA: Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill banning transgender girls from participating and competing in girls’ school sports. The law also requires parents or guardians of student athletes under 18 to sign an affidavit ‘acknowledging the biological sex of the student at birth.’ read more

SOUTH DAKOTA: Governor Kristi Noem, a Republican, signed a bill prohibiting trans women and girls from playing on girls’ school sports teams.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Republican Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill banning transgender athletes from playing school sports that match their gender identity in public elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges, as well as private school teams that compete against public schools. 

TENNESSEE: Governor Bill Lee, a Republican, signed legislation extending last year’s law prohibiting transgender women and girls from female sports teams to apply to collegiate sports.

UTAH: Lawmakers voted to override Governor Spencer Cox’s veto on a bill banning transgender girls’ participation in girls’ sports teams in school. Cox, a Republican, called the bill a flawed measure in explaining his veto.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (left) and Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) are among the conservative governors who have signed conservative bills into law

Healthcare restrictions 

ARIZONA: Governor Ducey signed into law a bill banning physicians from performing ‘irreversible gender reassignment surgery’ on minors.

ALABAMA: Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed into law a bill that would make it a felony for parents and healthcare professionals to provide transition-related medical care to minors, with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The law is being challenged in court.

TEXAS: Bypassing the legislative process, Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued an order to investigate parents who provide gender-affirming care to their transgender children. The order is currently being challenged in court. Other restrictions 

FLORIDA: Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans any classroom conversation, including instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity for children in kindergarten through third grade, and says all teaching for grades four through 12 must be ‘age-appropriate,’ wording that is not defined in the bill. The law allows parents to sue school districts they believe to be in violation.

ALABAMA: Governor Ivey signed a bill requiring students in public schools to use bathrooms and changing rooms that match the gender on their original birth certificates. The measure also prohibits classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grades.

OKLAHOMA: Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law a measure prohibiting nonbinary designation on birth certificates and limiting it to male or female. Oklahoma legislators passed a law prohibiting transgender and nonbinary students in public schools through high school from using multiple occupancy restrooms or changing areas that match their gender identity.

Source: Reuters 

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