The United Arab Emirates has banned animation produced by Pixar Studios

The United Arab Emirates announced on Monday the banning of Pixar Studios’ “Lightyear” animated film, the first film made by this major American production company that includes the scene of a kiss between two people of the same sex, informs AFP.

The UAE, a thriving Persian Gulf state that also includes the Emirate of Dubai and holds a Ministry of Tolerance, is relatively liberal compared to its neighbors, but remains governed by numerous political and social restrictions.

“Lightyear, which was to be released on June 16, is not licensed to be screened in any cinema in the United Arab Emirates due to a violation of its media content.” , announced on Twitter the Bureau of Media Regulation.

According to the body under the Ministry of Culture and Youth, all films “are subject to analysis and evaluation before the screening date with the public to ensure that their distribution is adequate in terms of age classification”.

Contacted by AFP, the ministry did not immediately respond to a request for more details on the “rules” violated by “Lightyear”, a film whose posters have nevertheless already been installed on the streets of Dubai.

The ban was adopted six months after authorities announced that movies in cinemas would no longer be censored, but only classified according to the age of viewers, with the creation of a new category of productions banned for people under 21, according to Agerpres.

Censorship is a widespread practice in the Arab world, especially in the highly conservative region of the Gulf countries. Movies that contain scenes that are considered harmful to morals are often removed or banned altogether.

In April, Saudi Arabia asked Disney to remove the “LGBTQ references” from the Marvel movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” so that it could be screened in theaters in this ultra-conservative kingdom bordering the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates has in recent years adopted social reforms presented as liberal to attract more foreigners to this country, where 90% of residents are foreigners from all over the world.

Despite these reforms, the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch last week accused the authorities of criminalizing “vague acts” as “conduct that offends modesty and public morality” and “incites to a life of sin.”

Editor: AC

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