The Walt Disney Company, trapped between militant gay employees and many customers who want militant gays to shut up, is turning its back on many viewers in the Middle East who don’t want to see two “married” cartoon women kissing.
The Middle East division of the embattled company won’t be offering Pixar’s new movie Lightyear in that part of the world after deeming the film’s same-sex kiss too “culturally sensitive.” Except that it seems Middle Eastern countries had already made up their minds anyway.
The Media Regulatory Office of the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Youth and Culture decided on its own that the film shouldn’t be shown “due to its violation of the country’s media content standards,” reports DailyMail.com.
“The office confirms that all films screened in cinemas across the country are subject to follow-up and evaluation before the date of screening to the public, to ensure the safety of the circulated content according to the appropriate age classification,” officials there said.
Fourteen majority-Muslim nations banned the film for its lesbian kiss, which was an obvious attempt to make same-sex marriages look like the equivalent of real ones.
Disney was given the chance to remove the scene by some countries, like Malaysia, but possibly because woke employees might go out and march about it again, the company has dug in its heels and opted to not provide a theatrical release of the movie at all.
The movie depicts the origins of the beloved Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear, and could have been a sensation, but on its opening weekend in the United States it earned just $51.7 million after weeks of controversy over its ham-handed homosexual message.
Actor Tim Allen, who was the voice of Buzz Lightyear in all the Toy Story films, was cut from the latest film in favor of Chris Evans. Many Toy Story fans have surmised that the replacement was due to Allen’s vocal support of the Republican Party.
“This is like Thirties Germany,” Allen said in a recent interview on Youtube. “I don’t know what happened. If you’re not part of the group, ‘You know what we believe is right,’ I go, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’ I’m a comedian, I like going on both sides.’