How woke Disney has bowed to Chinese censors but refused to cut gay kissing scene from Lightyear  | #socialmedia


Woke Disney has recently refused to cut gay kissing scene from their newest animated movie Lightyear despite bowing to Chinese censors multiple times over the last few years.

On Friday Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said that it was Disney’s decision to ax the animated movie ‘Lightyear’ from the country’s theaters after refusing to cut scenes that ‘promote’ homosexuality.

But Disney has been slammed for their hypocritical support of gay rights while they fail to condemn China’s genocide of the Uyghurs and bow to the country’s censorship requests.

Officially, the Communist Party only allows 34 foreign films per theatrical release each year — but a harsh crackdown in 2021 made it harder than ever to secure Chinese release for big US blockbusters.

Mulan (2020) edits out Uyghur internment camps and thanks CCP officials

Mulan in 2020, which edited out Uyghur internment camps. 

‘Disney’s live-action film Mulan (2020) was filmed in Xinjiang, with Uyghur internment camps edited out of the background. Disney actually thanked Xinjiang CCP officials in the credits of the movie,’ DeSantis said in March.  

Disney’s Mulan, which was released in 2020, was slammed for editing out Uyghur internment camps

The Simpsons episode on Tiananmen Square goes missing on Disney Plus 

Last November an episode of The Simpsons that featured a joke about Tiananmen Square disappeared from Disney+ in Hong Kong.

First aired in 2005, the 12th episode of season 16 shows the family travelling to China where Marge’s sister Selma tries to adopt a baby, stopping at Tiananmen Square, the site of a deadly 1989 crackdown against democracy protesters.

The cartoon shows a sign there that reads ‘On this site, in 1989, nothing happened’, a nod to China’s campaign to purge memories of the massacre.

An episode of The Simpsons which features a joke about Tiananmen Square is missing from Disney+ in Hong Kong

An episode of The Simpsons which features a joke about Tiananmen Square is missing from Disney+ in Hong Kong

It then shows Selma standing before a tank, referencing the famous photo from the Tiananmen crackdown of a lone man standing in front of a tank.

The episode also contains pointed comments about Tibet, where Beijing has been accused of religious oppression, and the Cultural Revolution, a devastating period of upheaval in the last decade of Mao Zedong’s rule.

Disney+ started streaming in Hong Kong last November and viewers quickly noticed the absence of the episode on the platform.

Marvel Studios, owned by Disney, has not had a film enter Chinese theaters since Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019. That film grossed $200 million in China.

Disney’s 2021 blockbuster Shang-Chi was not released in mainland China despite starring a Chinese superhero because of 2017 tweets from star Simu Liu where he called China a ‘third world’ country, BusinessInsider.com reported. 

In May China officially banned the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Though no formal reason was given for the ban, the movie had outraged the Chinese Communist Party by including a brief shot showing a newspaper rack for the Epoch Times, which is highly critical of the party.

Though the newsstand is visible for only a split second in a trailer for the film, Chinese internet users dissected the footage frame-by-frame and vented their fury about the newspaper’s inclusion.

Dr. Strange (2016) alleged whitewashing 

This comes after 2016’s Dr. Strange was accused of whitewashing a major Tibetan character for fear of jeopardizing the film’s chances in China. 

But Disney has been known to willingly cut ‘overtly gay affection’ from previous films to appease homophobic foreign governments.

DailyMail.com can reveal at least four recent feature films were altered to appease the views of leadership in China, Russia and the Middle East.

Dr. Strange was accused of whitewashing a major Tibetan character for fear of jeopardizing the film's chances in China

Dr. Strange was accused of whitewashing a major Tibetan character for fear of jeopardizing the film’s chances in China

The company has previously kept moments of LGBT affection in its American films, but removed or changed them in its more conservative markets.

Pixar released Onward, an animated feature that tells the tale of two elf brothers who embark on a magical quest to spend time with their late father, in February 2020.

The film included a secondary character, Officer Spector, a cyclops cop for the city of New Mushroomton, who was in a lesbian relationship.

Officer Spector, voiced by Lena Waithe, mentions her relationship during a parenting discussion with another secondary character: ‘It’s not easy being a new parent – my girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out, okay?’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been at the forefront of the culture wars with his state's controversial 'Parental Rights in Education' law - which opponents call the 'Don't Say Gay' law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been at the forefront of the culture wars with his state’s controversial ‘Parental Rights in Education’ law – which opponents call the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

Florida has become a key battleground, with conservatives turning on Disney because of the way it opposed a law banning school teachers from holding classroom discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity

Florida has become a key battleground, with conservatives turning on Disney because of the way it opposed a law banning school teachers from holding classroom discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity

The line sparked outrage is several eastern countries, resulting in a ban of its release in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Deadline reported.

Russia, which has a history of censoring gay content, changed the word ‘girlfriend’ to ‘partner’ in the parenting scene. Local advertisements for the film also avoided mentioning Officer’s Spector’s gender.

Meanwhile, members of the LGBT community have heralded Officer Spector as Disney’s first openly gay character.

The Marvel franchise, which is owned by Disney, included a same-sex kiss in Eternals, a November 2021 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name.

The character of Phastos, the inventor of the community of genetically-engineered Eternals, is married to a man named Ben Stoss. Together the pair raise a son, Jack.

In one scene, Phastos is seen kissing Ben. But, according to Out.com, that moment was edited out for audiences in the Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Ethiopia, Palestine, Syria and Turkey.

The countries did, however, keep other scenes in which Phastos interacts with his husband and son. It is unclear if the familial relations between the characters were defined.

Out.com notes that in addition to the same-sex kiss, all scenes of physical intimacy, including those depicting heterosexual relationships, were also removed from the film, which is standard practice in those countries.

Another Marvel film, Avengers: Endgame, which was released in 2019 and grossed nearly $3billion worldwide, was also censored abroad.

Early on in the film, there is a brief scene in which a gay character attends a support group meeting with Captain America.

The scene in question reportedly shows the female lead in film voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, kissing her 'female partner'

The scene in question reportedly shows the female lead in film voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, kissing her ‘female partner’ 

Disney has also been accused of cutting the majority of inclusive scenes in the 2022 Pixar film Turning Red. Several employees have called on the studio to 'release the Gay Cut' of the film

Disney has also been accused of cutting the majority of inclusive scenes in the 2022 Pixar film Turning Red. Several employees have called on the studio to ‘release the Gay Cut’ of the film

In Marvel's Eternals, a same-sex kiss shared by Phastos and his husband, Ben Stoss, was edited out in the Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Ethiopia, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. The kiss is pictured above

In Marvel’s Eternals, a same-sex kiss shared by Phastos and his husband, Ben Stoss, was edited out in the Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Ethiopia, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. The kiss is pictured above

‘So, I went on a date the other day. First time in five years,’ the character said, before adding later: ‘He cried as they were serving the salad. But I’m seeing him again tomorrow.’

It was the first time an openly gay character appeared in a Marvel film.

According to Russian newspaper TJournal, the nation’s dubbed version of Endgame changed the dialogue to remove ‘romantic overtones’.

In the Russian version, the charcater says: ‘I was recently at dinner. First time in five years. […] He cried over a plate of salad. […] Tomorrow I’m meeting him again.’

The newspaper also claimed Disney may have changed dialogue in Marvel’s 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War to avoid additional conflict with the Russian government, however it is unclear what the nature of the dialogue was.

Similarly, Pixar was accused of downplaying gay tones in its 2021 film Luca, which details the friendship of two young sea monsters who appear human when on land.

The monsters, Luca and Alberto, develop a ‘profound friendship’ that many interpreted as a ‘coming out allegory’.

The film’s director told The Wrap the studio had ‘talked about’ the monsters’ relationship being romantic, but also noted officials ‘didn’t talk about it as much’ because the film focuses ‘on friendship’ and is ‘pre-romance.’

‘Some people seem to get mad that I’m not saying yes or no, but I feel like, well, this is a movie about being open to any difference,’ director Enrico Casarosa added.

Disney has reportedly refused to confirm if the pair were in a gay romance.

Pixar film Onward, which features a lesbian character named Officer Spector (pictured), was censored in Russia to change the character from having a 'girlfriend' to a 'partner'

Pixar film Onward, which features a lesbian character named Officer Spector (pictured), was censored in Russia to change the character from having a ‘girlfriend’ to a ‘partner’

Disney came out against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill, whose official title is the Parental Rights in Education Bill, last month after being pressured by woke in-house diversity factions

Disney came out against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, whose official title is the Parental Rights in Education Bill, last month after being pressured by woke in-house diversity factions

The films bosses are also accused of having toyed with the idea of making character Giulia, a human girl who befriends Luca and Alberto, a lesbian but decided against it because the creative team was ‘stymied by how to do it without also creating a girlfriend for the character.’

‘We very often came up against the question of, “How do we do this without giving them a love interest?”‘ a production source told Variety. ‘That comes up very often at Pixar.’

Disney has also been accused of cutting the majority of inclusive scenes in the 2022 Pixar film Turning Red, which was a coming of age story about puberty.

Pixar employees allege there was misrepresentation in the animated film and that it was riddled with ‘ambiguous possibly gay hinting,’ according to InsideTheMagic.

Several employees have called on the studio to ‘release the Gay Cut’ of the film.

It is unclear what specifically the alleged gay scenes depicted, however critics have posted stills to social media of scenes in which two female characters have their faces just inches apart.

Disney came out against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, whose official title is the Parental Rights in Education Bill, last month after facing immense pressure from staff members.

The bill prohibits public school instruction on gender and sexuality between kindergarten and third grade.

Supporters say the bill, which was signed into law in March, stops teachers from pushing inappropriate content on children, which they believe students may be too young to understand.

Opponents say the bill is homophobic, and that the vagueness of its wording could see a teacher reported to authorities for something as minor as mentioning their same-sex partner in class.

Disney initially stayed quiet on the bill.

But the firm – which has long had a good track record on supporting its LGBT staff – is said to have waded into the issue after being pressured by woke in-house diversity factions now said to exert growing influence over bosses there.

CEO Bob Chapek later spoke out after walkouts by a small number of Disney staffers – and angered DeSantis by openly suggesting that his firm would apply pressure on lawmakers.

After blasting the bill, he said: ‘As I wrote to our employees earlier this week, we are committed to supporting community organizations like these so they are equipped to take on these fights.

‘Meanwhile, we are also reassessing our approach to advocacy, including political giving in Florida and beyond.’



Original Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

30 + = thirty six