Lightyear: Alisha Hawthorne and Kiko Same Gender Kiss Controversy Leads To Movie Being Banned in Multiple Countries


Disney Pixar movie ‘Lightyear’ has been banned in 14 utterly totally different worldwide places because of the kissing scene between Hawthorne and her companion Kiko.

The Toy Story spin-off Lightyear is an animated science fiction movie produced by Pixar and distributed by Disney. Chris Evans modified Tim Allen who initially voiced Buzz in Toy Story. 

The film depicts the story of astronaut Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story who will get stranded on a hostile planet alongside collectively together with his fellow members. It stars Keke Palmer, Pete Sohn, James Brolin, Uzo Aduba, Taika Waititi, Dales Soules, and others as a result of the crew members along with Evans who set out on the journey to go looking out their method once more residence. 

Buzz Lightyear collectively together with his crew members set out on an journey in a hostile planet. (provide :

Lightyear was premiered on June 8 on the El Capitan Theatre and was launched on June 17 inside the US. Although the movie stirred battle over some scenes, it has optimistic evaluations and picked up $5.2 million on Thursday night time time itself. 

Lightyear: Alisha Hawthorne and Kiko Same Gender Kiss Controversy

Lightyear has sparked controversy on account of it encompasses a kissing scene between two girls. The movie has confronted backlash over a scene the place home ranger Alisha Hawthorne who’s voiced by Aduba is seen kissing the officer and her companion Kiko. The duo is in a relationship and on their anniversary, they’re seen sharing a kiss.

The kissing scene initially created a difficulty inside the United States and the Disney Pixar agency. The scene was eradicated first from the film in March 2022 nonetheless was restored after a gaggle of LGBTQ+ Pixar employees and their allies handed a press launch to Walt Disney Company Leadership. According to Variety, it claimed that “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection…” is reduce off from every Pixar movie.

The letter extra acclaimed the failure of Disney to defend LGBTQ+ communities. Following the inside battle in Disney, CEO Bob Chapek decided to condemn Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay Bill’ that prohibits the instructions on sexual orientation or gender id from kindergarten to grade three.

Hence the scene was not censored and Disney thought it would create consciousness and acceptance of the LGBTQ+. Chris Evans when requested regarding the scene by Variety talked about, ” It’s good and great, it makes me blissful.”

Why Is It Banned In So Many Countries?  

Although it might not be an issue in Western worldwide places, it’s nonetheless a large concern for some Asian and Middle East worldwide places. In the Islam-majority worldwide places, the connection between same-gender companions continues to be illegal and the LGBTQ+ references are a fragile matter.

Disney’s attempt to revive Hawthorne and her partner Kiko kissing scene faces backlash from Gulf worldwide places. (provide :

People are demanding a ban on the scene as a result of the Toy Story franchise is family-friendly and largely centered at youngsters. To overtly attribute the actions involving homosexuality might go away a flawed impression on the kids.

The media regulatory office inside the United Arab Emirates launched a ban on Lightyear from public screening that was presupposed to be launched on June 16. The Muslim-dominated nation Indonesia urged Disney a take a look at on their viewers and the Film Censorship Board suggested that the kissing scene violates the nation’s media content material materials pointers.

Malaysia and The People’s Republic of China have demanded a reduce on the kissing scene and solely then it could be launched inside the cinemas. The movie was launched in Singapore under the NC16 age rating stating that children under the age of 16 is not going to be allowed to watch it.

Similarly, the film has been restricted to launch in numerous 11 Islamic worldwide places along with Bahrain, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, and Iraq because of the raging anti-LGBTQ critics.

But the owners have decided to retain the scene in the entire variations whatever the worldwide controversy it has created. 

Last Modified: June 18, 2022

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