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

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian film censors said on Friday that it was Disney’s decision to pull the animated film “Lightyear” from theaters in the country after refusing to cut scenes that promote homosexuality.

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The Film Censorship Board said it approved the film with parental guidance for children under 13 under the condition of modifications. Scenes and dialogue that “contain elements that promote the LGBTQ lifestyle that violate key aspects of the Film Censorship Guidelines” were ordered to “be cut and silenced,” the council said in a statement.

“However, the film distributors did not agree to comply with the instructions” and decided to cancel the showing, the board said, adding that it would not compromise any LGBTQ scenes. The statement did not specify which scenes violated censorship guidelines.

“Lightyear” includes a female character voiced by actress Uzo Aduba briefly kissing her partner in a scene from the $200 million film.

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Authorities across much of the Muslim world have banned “Lightyear” from being shown in theaters because it includes a brief kiss between a lesbian couple. Many Muslims consider gays and lesbians sinful, and many Muslim-majority nations criminalize same-sex relationships.

The UAE also announced that they would ban the Pixar animated film from being shown in theaters because of the kiss.

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