According to BMA sources, Nigeria has joined the list of over 14 countries that have banned Pixar’s new animated film Lightyear for its controversial same-sex kissing scene.
Multiple Media Outlets reported that countries in the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Asian countries, banned the film over the seconds-long scene highlighting two lesbian characters.
The National Film and Video Censors Board of Nigeria ((NFVCB) is yet to comment on the film’s absence from the big screens. Meanwhile, FilmOne Entertainment, Disney’s official West African film distribution partner, announced that the film will screen in Ghana.
Since its debut, the ‘Toy Story’ sequel has become a platform for major controversial LGBTQ+ takes. It’s been a decade-long debate, with most of Disney’s critics objecting to the studio’s shift to introduce inclusive content.
Executives at Disney asked that the same-sex scene be pulled off the G-rated (appropriate for all age groups) film in 2006. However, Disney CEO Bob Chapek ordered that the scene be put back.
The film’s unconfirmed ban in Nigeria comes as no surprise as the censors’ board has publicly maintained a zero-tolerance for homosexual content.
In November 2021, the board temporarily banned Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ for including same-sex characters sharing a kiss. The offensive scene was later pulled and returned to the big screens. Commenting on the ban, NFVCB explained that the scene violated Nigeria’s ‘ethics and cultural standards.