Pixar’s woke ‘Lightyear’ film banned in 14 countries over same-sex kiss

Pixar’s new “Lightyear” film has been banned in 14 nations across the Middle East and Asia over a same-sex kiss scene.

The decision has led to lower sales worldwide, with the controversy leading many in other countries to skip the film as well.

No change from Disney

“The United Arab Emirates has banned the film because it violates their media content standards. Representatives of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Lebanon did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment,” WDWNT reported.

“It is assumed the film won’t open in China either. Authorities in China had asked Disney to make cuts to ‘Lightyear,’ but Disney declined,” it added.

Sales flop

The controversy may be a major reason behind the film’s flop over its opening weekend. The film hit nearly a third below its projected goals.

In addition, it was outsold by the second week of “Jurassic Park Dominion” and nearly outmatched by “Top Gun: Maverick” which had been out since Memorial Day weekend.

The film cost a reported $300 to make. Opening weekend worldwide was only $51.7 million in the U.S.

The collapse of the latest Pixar film showed that movie watchers are not going to widely support a film that pushes sexual themes in children’s movies.

Instead, Pixar could go back to basic stories like Andy with his toys Woody and Buzz Lightyear and do far better at the box office.

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