“Lightyear” clashes with censorship in the United Arab Emirates. In Dubai, the penalties for “homosexual behavior” reach 10 years in prison. AP photo
The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the screening in theaters of the next Pixar animated film Light year. The reason? The plot includes a kiss between two female characters.
The Emirates, where Abu Dhabi and Dubai are located, announced through their Media Regulatory Office, under the Ministry of Youth and Culture, that the film would not be approved for release. In Argentina, the premiere will be on Thursday (June 16).
The film “is not licensed for public screening in UAE cinemas, due to its violation of the country’s media content standards,” the office said in a tweet.
a scene from “Lightyear”, which will be released in theaters on Thursday 16 June. AP photo
“The office confirms that all films screened in cinemas across the country are subject to monitoring and evaluation before the release date to the public, to ensure the safety of the content released according to the appropriate age classification”, continues the release. .
The office did not process and did not respond to questions from the Associated Press. The tweet included an image of the movie poster, where the silhouette of its protagonist, Buzz Lightyear, is seen with a red “no” symbol placed above it. Cinemas in the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven kingdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, had already announced the film’s screening time.
The film, in which Chris Evans voices the character who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy from the saga toy storyreportedly includes a character played by the actress Uzo Adubakissing another woman he’s in a relationship with.
Chris Evans (“Captain America”) is tasked with voicing Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s new animated film.
Like many countries in the Middle East, The Emirates are a nation with Muslim rulers who criminalize same-sex relationships. The US State Department warns him Islamic or Sharia law can lead to death sentences for homosexual behaviorwhile Dubai contemplates sentences of up to 10 years of imprisonment and Abu Dhabi up to 14 years.
However, these processes are usually not reported and there are LGBTQ residents in Dubaicity full of skyscrapers and base of the long-haul airline Emirates.
It is expected that Light yearwith a budget of $ 200 million, it is a major Disney product that analysts say it could gross about $ 100 million in its first weekend.
5 curiosities about “Toy Story”
1. Pixar, when not yet part of the Disney conglomerate, as long as the Mickey Mouse company participated in the financing and distribution of the project, It gave him the rights to the characters in the film and even the merchandising.
“Toy Story” became a worldwide success, to the point of being incorporated into its own space at Disney World in Orlando.
Two. toy story It would not have been a feature film, but a medium film. It would have lasted between half an hour and 60 minutes and would have been a spin-off, as films that originate from one character in another film are now known, Tin toythe famous Pixar short film.
3. John Lasseter caught up with Jeffrey Katzenberg, then head of Disney, to discuss the plot of the film. For Katzenberg, it was about two friends. For Lasseter, Woody was a villain and not a friend of Buzz. I mean…
4. He wanted Katzenberg Paul Newman and Jim Carrey will lend their voices to the cowboy and space traveler. It was Steve Jobs, the founder of Pixar, who gave the thumbs-down to the idea for one simple reason: the exorbitant sum those actors had to pay.
5. Eager to see how the film would go, Katzenberg organized a screening. It was a Friday and at Pixar they still remember that date as Black Friday. Katzenberg didn’t like him at all, he said “Woody was an idiot” and ordered to suspend the project.