Disney’s ongoing efforts to figure out how its films will be received in markets outside the US hit a new wrinkle today. Special, THR reports that the company just got out of a decent chunk of the conflict that inevitably erupts around the release of one of its films recognizing the existence of LGBTQIA+ people in the region — where sex between men is still punishable by jail or death at the very least nine countries. Instead movies like light yearand TV shows like Bay maxwhich contain both Portrayals of LGBTQIA+ characters or relationships are simply not included on the service.
It’s worth noting that these omissions are essentially pre-emptive: although countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have fairly strict censorship standards Application for theatrical releases (light yearwhich contains exactly one same-sex kiss, also not displayed), streaming is a much less regulated area so far. (Netflix even managed to get a sympathetically treated gay character into its first Arabic-language film, Perfect strangersearlier this yearr, to a mixture of good viewership and conservative outcry.) The decision is also consistent with Disney’s “take it or leave it” approach to its films in general in recent years; although eternal got some cuts before it could run in the United Arab Emirates, this was the last time the company had edits dictated by foreign bodies in this way.
As THR points out that this isn’t a blanket guideline either: more adult-oriented films, like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness– which was shown in the United Arab Emirates but kept away from others nearby Countries due to depictions of a same-sex relationship – will be included in the Disney+ Middle East vaults. The streaming service launched in the region back in June.
https://www.avclub.com/lightyear-wont-be-going-on-disney-middle-east-due-to-t-1849378900 Lightyear won’t be appearing on Disney+ Middle East because of that little gay kiss