July 4, 2022

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Disenchanted, unsurprised: 'Lightyear' banned in Malaysia resulting from same-sex kiss

One other day, one other piece of disappointing information within the leisure world – at the very least in case you’re in Malaysia.

With Pixar’s highly-anticipated Lightyear (a Toy Story spinoff) initially slated to hit Malaysian cinemas on June 16, 2022, we have come to seek out out that the movie has been banned by the nation’s Movie Censorship Board (LPF).

For what, you could ask? Properly, if you have not learn the headline correctly, the reason being fairly disappointing, however infuriatingly unsurprising.

No compromise on both facet.

IMAGE: Pixar

A scene that includes a same-sex kiss has been the focal point (and competition) on this new censorship row between Malaysia and Disney/Pixar execs. The scene in query reveals lesbian Area Ranger character Alisha beginning a household together with her accomplice, ending with a kiss on the lips.

Apparently, the scene had initially been lower from the movie. However after backlash from Pixar animators ensued, it was reinstated. Taking a no-compromise method to its screening, one can solely surmise that the corporate refused to chop the scene out when submitting it to Malaysia’s LPF for approval.

Based on sources near the distributor, the LPF had requested for the scene to be lower. If Disney had obliged, the premier would have gone on as scheduled. However in fact, not eager to backtrack on progress and tolerance, Disney determined to withdraw its submission completely, principally telling the LPF to take it or go away it.

Sadly for us tolerant viewers, this implies we cannot have the ability to catch any screening of Lightyear in Malaysian cinemas. Malaysian cinema franchise Golden Display Cinemas (GSC) even hinted at a Lightyear no-show on their Fb web page with this unhappy meme:

IMAGE: GSC / Fb

Nonetheless, the movie continues to be slated to hit the Disney+ Hotstar streaming service, which Malaysian viewers could need to take into account.

Here is how some persons are reacting to the information:

IMAGE: Fb
IMAGE: Fb
IMAGE: Fb

In the meantime, supporters of the ban primarily cite Disney’s obvious agenda to “shove western beliefs down our throats”. Different supporters cite conservative and religiously-linked causes for why the ban is an efficient factor.

What are your ideas on the ban?

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Cowl picture sourced from Pixar.