Due to a scene depicting a same-sex kiss and a lesbian character, the highly anticipated Disney/Pixar release “Lightyear” won’t be opening in numerous Middle East countries, including Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “Lightyear” will not be shown by cinemas in Malaysia and Indonesia either.
The film hits theatres in most of the world this weekend, though it did not receive licenses or pass censors in many territories where movies depicting homosexuality or LGBTQ themes are forbidden. This stance is well known by Disney as they were prevented from releasing movies such as “Eternals,” “West Side Story” and the recent “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” in many of these same countries. That might be why the company didn’t even bother submitting “Lightyear” to censors in Saudi Arabia, well aware what the outcome would be.