Banned in several Arab and Muslim countries, the cartoon from Disney studios, Buzz Lightyear, will be released in cinemas on Sunday. Critics criticize passages promoting homosexuality.
The new opus of the famous cartoon Buzz Lightyear will not be shown in cinemas in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon but also in Indonesia and Malaysia.
In Morocco, no ban has targeted the cartoon for children, it will be shown in cinemas next Sunday despite the reproaches made to the cartoon which, according to its detractors, promotes homosexuality to a young audience.
The cartoon includes passages where two female characters are depicted exchanging kisses. The countries that have banned its broadcast have indicated that they have contacted Disney in order to remove these “lesbian kiss” scenes for their audiences or to produce a second version, but the American giant refused their request.
According to one of the film’s producers, China would have made the same request to have certain scenes removed, but Disney refused the request.
The United Arab Emirates has announced that the ban on the cartoon is due to a violation of the media content standards in force in the country, and indicates in particular that the content of the film is inappropriate for the age rating that he aims.
For its part, the media regulator in Indonesia announced that “the distributor of the film Disney rejected the option of releasing two versions of the film under a double rating system which would have allowed a younger audience to see” the cartoon. .
“The film is the first commercial children’s cartoon to feature overtly gay imagery,” the Indonesian agency said, adding that the film contains “images of a main character and his partner in building a family. , and they go through different stages of their lives.”
The Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) did not comment on Buzz Lightyear, but announced on Saturday an unprecedented ban on the distribution of a British film in Morocco. The film in question, caused great debate in several countries, and presents a Shiite theory on the Prophet Mohammed and his family.