How Woke Disney Bowed To Chinese Censors But Refused To Cut Lightyear’s Gay Kissing Scene
Woke Disney recently refused to cut the gay kissing scene from their new animated film Lightyear despite bowing to Chinese censors several times in recent years.
On Friday, the Malaysian Film Censorship Board said it was Disney’s decision to remove the animated film “Lightyear” from theaters nationwide after refusing to cut scenes that “promote” homosexuality.
But Disney has been criticized for its hypocritical support for gay rights as it fails to condemn the Uyghur genocide in China and bow to the country’s censorship demands.
Officially, the Communist Party only allows 34 foreign films per theatrical release each year – but a harsh crackdown in 2021 has made it harder than ever to get major US blockbusters released in China.
The Simpsons episode in Tiananmen Square disappeared on Disney Plus
Last November, an episode of The Simpsons that featured a Tiananmen Square joke disappeared from Disney+ in Hong Kong.
First aired in 2005, the 12th episode of season 16 shows the family traveling to China where Marge’s sister Selma is trying to adopt a baby, stopping at Tiananmen Square, the site of a crackdown. 1989 murderous campaign against pro-democracy protesters.
The cartoon shows a sign reading “At this site, in 1989, nothing happened”, a nod to China’s campaign to purge memories of the massacre.
A Simpsons episode that features a Tiananmen Square joke is missing from Disney+ in Hong Kong
It then shows Selma standing in front of 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 commentary on Tibet, where Beijing has been accused of religious oppression, and on the Cultural Revolution, a devastating period of upheaval during the last decade of Mao Zedong’s rule.
Disney+ began streaming in Hong Kong last November, and viewers were quick to notice the episode’s absence from the platform.
Mulan (2020) edits Uyghur internment camps and thanks CCP officials
The 2020 live-action remake of Mulan would have done away with Uyghur internment camps.
“Disney’s live-action film Mulan (2020) was filmed in Xinjiang, with Uyghur internment camps set up in the background. Disney actually thanked Xinjiang CCP officials in the film’s credits,’ Florida Governor DeSantis said in March.
The thanks prompted a Disney boycott.
Disney’s 2020 Mulan was criticized for editing Uyghur internment camps
Dr. Strange (2016) accused of casting white Tilda Swinton to play a Tibetan character to avoid upsetting China
Disney-owned Marvel has been accused of money laundering after recasting a major Tibetan character as white Tilda Swinton over fears it could jeopardize the film’s chances in China.
Marvel screenwriter C Robert Cargill claimed that Swinton was hired for the traditionally male and Asian mystical mentor, the Elder, because the comic book character “comes from an area of the world that is in [a] very weird political place”.
He told the Guardian that the character “is from Tibet, so if you recognize that Tibet is a place and he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating a billion people who think that’s crap and risk that the Chinese government will say to you: ‘Hey, do you know one of the biggest cinema countries in the world? We are not going to show your film because you have decided to play politics.
He claimed that casting a Chinese actor would always have been deeply problematic and unpopular.
China claims that Tibet has been part of it since the Yuan Dynasty, but Tibet claims its independence and sees China as an occupying force.
Dr Strange has been accused of clearing a major Tibetan character for fear of jeopardizing the film’s chances in China
Disney-owned Marvel Studios hasn’t seen a movie enter Chinese theaters since 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. That film earned $200 million in China.
Disney’s 2021 blockbuster Shang-Chi was not released in mainland China despite featuring a Chinese superhero due to star Simu Liu’s 2017 tweets where he called China the country of ” Third World,” BusinessInsider.com reported.
In May, China officially banned the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Although no formal reason was given for the ban, the film outraged the Chinese Communist Party by including a brief shot of a newspaper rack for the Epoch Times, which is highly critical of the party.
Although the newsstand was only visible for a fraction of a second in a trailer for the film, Chinese netizens dissected the images frame by frame and expressed their fury over the newspaper’s inclusion.
Disney has already allowed LGBT characters to be removed or altered in its films for more conservative markets.
At least four recent feature films have been changed to appease the opinions of leaders in China, Russia and the Middle East.
Pixar released Onward, an animated feature that tells the story of two elf brothers who embark on a magical quest to spend time with their late father, in February 2020.
The scene in question reportedly shows the film’s female lead voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, kissing his “female partner.”
In Marvel’s Eternals, a gay kiss shared by Phastos and her husband, Ben Stoss, has been edited in the Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Ethiopia, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey. The kiss is pictured above
The film included a supporting character, Officer Spector, a Cyclops cop from the town of New Mushroomton, who was in a lesbian relationship.
Officer Spector, voiced by Lena Waithe, mentions his relationship during a parenting chat with another supporting character: “It’s not easy being a new parent – my girlfriend’s daughter made me m ‘tear your hair out, okay?
The line sparked outrage in several eastern countries, leading to bans on its broadcast in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Deadline reported.
Russia, which has a history of censoring gay content, has changed the word “girlfriend” to “partner” in the parenting scene. Local advertisements for the film also avoided mentioning Officer’s Spector’s gender.