Lightyear Banned in Saudi Arabia Over Gay Kiss

The film follows 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,' 'West Side Story' and 'Eternals' on a growing list of major Disney titles to be blocked by Gulf censors due to the inclusion of LGBT scenes.

Lightyear is latest film from the studio to be banned in various Middle East countries, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The decision is reportedly linked to the inclusion of a same-sex kiss in Pixar’s Toy Story prequel spin-off.

The scene, involving the female character Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) and her partner, was originally cut from the film,

but reinstated following the uproar surrounding a statement from Pixar employees claiming that Disney had been censoring “overtly gay affection” and Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s handling of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Lightyear now becomes the latest in a growing list of major Disney features that have been banned in Gulf countries due to scenes involving LGBTQ references or issues, which often fall foul of censors for theatrical releases due to homosexuality being officially illegal across the region.

In April, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness wasn’t given a theatrical license, reportedly due to the introduction of the character America Chavez (played by Xochitl Gomez) who, as per her portrayal in the comics, is gay.