Banned in UAE

“Buzz Lightyear film banned from cinemas by UAE


The BBC has contacted both the UAE government and Disney for comment.

The Lightyear ban comes just six months after the UAE said it would stop censoring cinematic releases and announced a 21-plus age rating for films it classifies for older audiences*2.

The United Arab Emirates, a Sunni Muslim-ruled country, criminalises consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults.

Last year, Pixar's Onward*3 was reported to have been banned by several Middle Eastern countries because of a reference to lesbian parents*4.

In April, Saudi Arabia requested cuts to "LGBTQ references" in Disney's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness*5, which was ultimately not screened in the country*6.

Other films featuring gay storylines to have fallen foul of censorship around the world include Elton John biopic Rocketman. It was banned outright in Samoa and sex scenes from the hit 2019 movie were cut by a Russian distributor*7.


*2:See Josh Wilson “What The United Arab Emirates New Censorship Policy Means For The Film And TV Industry”

*3: See eg.

*4:See eg. Andreas Wiseman “Disney/Pixar’s ‘Onward’ Banned In Multiple Middle East Countries Due To Lesbian Reference”

*5: See eg.

*6:See eg. Alyssa Christian “Why is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness banned in Saudi Arabia?” Nick Duffy “Doctor Strange 2 will not be released in Saudi Arabia as Disney refuses to cut reference to lesbian parents”

*7:See eg. Simon Brew “Rocketman banned in two countries, censored in Russia” Associated Press “Samoa bans Elton John biopic Rocketman over gay scenes”