Pixar film ‘Lightyear’ has been banned from release in 13 countries due to its depiction of a lesbian marriage and kiss, that made the movie gain a lot of controversy in many Muslim-majority countries.
The countries are Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates.
A producer on the “Toy Story” spin-off has stated that no changes would be made to accommodate “backward beliefs”.
“We were warned that this would be a likely outcome,” has said Galyn Susman. “But we weren’t going to change the film we wanted to make just because of some countries with – for lack of a better term – backward beliefs,” she added.
The movie features a character called Alisha, a lesbian space ranger voiced by actor Uzo Aduba and the scene in question that created most of the controversy is a scene that shows Alisha starting a family with her partner and sharing a kiss as a greeting.
A few actors that have a part in the movie have shared their thoughts on the matter.
“I feel like it’s terrible, but at the same time, I feel like we’re going to push through that,” said actor Keke Palmer, who plays the character Izzy Hawthorne.
“It’s frustrating,” said Chris Evans, who voices titular character Buzz Lightyear. “It feels good to be a part of something that is making social progress, but it’s with this ribbon of bittersweet frustration that at the same time, there are still places that have not caught up.”