Disney Pixar’s Lightyear is banned in the United Arab Emirates : NPR

This image, released by Disney/Pixar, shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, in a scene from the animated movie “Lightyear,” due out later this week.

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This image, released by Disney/Pixar, shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, in a scene from the animated movie “Lightyear,” due out later this week.

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Government officials in the United Arab Emirates have banned the showing of Disney and Pixar Studios’ summer animated release light yeara spin-off of the Toy Story movies.

The film, which chronicles the adventures of space cadet Buzz Lightyear, will be released later this week.

The film is “not licensed for public screening in all cinemas in the UAE, due to the violation of the country’s media content standards,” the UAE Media Regulatory Office tweeted Monday.

The agency said all films shown in the country are “subject to follow-up and evaluation before the date of screening to the public, to ensure the safety of the content distributed according to the appropriate age rating.”

The film “is not licensed for public screening in all cinemas in the UAE, due to the violation of the country’s media content standards,” the office said in a tweet.

The film features a same-sex kiss, although that scene was not explicitly stated as the reason for the blocking of the film. The UAE, like other Middle Eastern and Muslim-run countries around the world, criminalizes same-sex relationships.

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