Fifteen countries in the Middle East and Asia have refused to grant an operating visa to “Buzz Lightyear”, the latest animated film from Pixar studios, a subsidiary of Disney, in question a kiss scene between two women living as a couple.
By multiplying the references to LGBTQ people in its films, the American entertainment giant Disney saw its latest production banned in Malaysia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, in the Palestinian Territories and the United Arab Emirates, according to the French daily Le Parisien.
+ Buzz Lightyear is scheduled in cinemas in Morocco from Sunday +
As a reminder, Disney President Karey Burke said last April during an online event called “Reimagine Tomorrow” that her group would focus on the main LGBT characters in its productions.
“As the mother of a transgender child and a pansexual child”, she expressed the wish to have “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories” and that at least 50% of the characters be LGBTQIA and from racial minorities.
Asked about this by the Arabic site Hespress.com, the president of the Forum of Children’s Associations Abdelali Rami expressed his “total rejection of anything that harms society as a whole”.
“Morocco has always worked to protect society from any foreign idea, that’s what we must continue to do,” he said, believing that the Moroccan Cinematographic Center and the Ministry of Culture are called upon to take firm decisions “in order to immunize society and children against any behavior likely to affect them”.
And to add: “we are not against the freedom of creativity and opinion, but it is necessary to respect the laws and customs, especially since the target audience could be influenced by these questions in the future. Just like the fact that these things could help with the acceptance of homosexuality”.
Note that several theaters in Morocco have scheduled the screening of Buzz Lightyear from next Sunday.
“Buzz Lightyear” retraces the birth of the intrepid astronaut made famous by the “Toy Story” saga. In the film, Buzz and his fellow space rangers, including his leader and best friend Alisha Hawthorne, crash land on a hostile planet. At one point in the film, Alisha’s character can be seen briefly kissing her wife.
The scene was originally cut by Pixar Studios, a Disney subsidiary. But Pixar and Disney employees protested, criticizing the attitude of the world’s leading entertainment company, accused of not committing to defending the rights of LGBTQ + people.
The controversy was further reignited after the adoption in Florida in the United States of a controversial law prohibiting teaching on sexual orientation in public schools.