Lightyear will be deleted from Disney+ in the Middle East

Viewers may remember that “Lightyear” was not shown at the box office in the United Arab Emirates because it was about the LGBTQ relationship between Buzz’s best friend Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba) and her wife. But according to Esquire Middle East, the animated film is removed from Disney+ in order to comply with the rules set by the regulatory body. A Disney spokesperson told the publication: “Content offerings vary across many of our Disney+ markets based on a number of factors. Accessible content must comply with local regulations.”

It’s important to note that the UAE has not banned the film outright, technically Disney could add it to the streaming service, but the company prefers to stick to the rules. Esquire Middle East also noted that the Baymax series is another recent game that is not available because it also features LGBTQ characters in its story. However, this is primarily because these projects are aimed at children, while other titles with LGBTQ characters aimed at older audiences, such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and The Eternals, are still on Disney+.

Both Marvel Studios films were released theatrically in parts of the UAE, although the Doctor Strange sequel was banned in Saudi Arabia and The Eternals was either banned or heavily edited to cut out any intimate scenes depending on the region. .

For now, it looks like viewers in the UAE won’t be able to watch Light Year at home.

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