At least 14 nations in the Middle East and Asia have banned the Pixar animated feature Lightyear from showing in cinemas amid reports the film includes a kiss between two female characters.
14 countries bans Pixar film ‘Lightyear’ over kiss between female characters
Fourteen Middle Eastern and Asian countries will not show Walt Disney Co's new Pixar movie Lightyear when it hits cinemas this week.
The United Arab Emirates said it banned the film because the movie includes a same-sex relationship and violated the country's media content standards. Homosexuality is considered criminal in many Middle Eastern countries.
Representatives of other countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and Lebanon, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on why they would not allow the film to be exhibited.
Lightyear is a prequel to Pixar's acclaimed Toy Story franchise. Chris Evans voices the lead character, Buzz Lightyear, a legendary space ranger.