UAE: Buzz Lightyear film banned from cinemas

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Disney and Pixar’s latest animated movie Lightyear has been banned from cinemas in the United Arab Emirates, officials said on Monday. The film contains a same-sex kiss, but the UAE’s Media Regulatory Office did not give a specific reason for its decision. The department just said the film was banned for its ‘violation of the country’s media content standards.’ The movie centres on the character Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story franchise. The UAE’s Media Regulatory Office posted a tweet featuring an image of Buzz, crossed out with a red line. The BBC has contacted both the UAE government and Disney for comment. The Lightyear ban comes just six months after the UAE said it would stop censoring cinematic releases and announced a 21-plus age rating for films it classifies for older audiences.” (06/13/22)