Disney-Pixar's Onward banned in four Middle Eastern countries

Published: 11 March 2020 - 6:53 a.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

Onward, a Pixar animation film, will not be will not be shown in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia because of a reference to the LGBTQ community, reports in Hollywood claimed.

The film's plot revolves around two teenage elves who live in the city of New Mushroomton: Ian Lightfoot, who lacks in self-confidence, and his older brother Barley. Specter, a police officer voiced by Lena Waithe, indicates that she is of the LGBTQ community. Her lines include: "It's not easy being a parent... my girlfriend's daughter got me pulling my hair out, OK?"

Other Middle East countries like Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt are showing the film.

And according to Deadline, Russia censored the scene in question by changing the word "girlfriend" to "partner" and avoiding mentioning the gender of Specter, who is a supporting character.

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