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Disney's 'Onward' Is Being Banned in Middle East Countries Due to This LGBT Reference

Disney's 'Onward' Is Being Banned in Middle East Countries Due to This LGBT Reference

Onward is being banned in several Middle East countries.

The family animation film from Disney’s Pixar is being banned in certain markets due to a minor reference to a lesbian relationship, Deadline reported on Friday (March 6).

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The movie follows two teenage elf brothers (voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) who embark on a quest for magic. At one point, there is a reference to a lesbian relationship between secondary characters.

In the scene, the brothers are disguised as their mother’s centaur boyfriend, Officer Bronco, and talk about parenting with two female police officers. A purple cyclops officer named Specter (voiced by Lena Waithe) commiserates with Officer Bronco, saying “It’s not easy being a new parent – my girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out, okay?”

Specter is considered Disney’s first openly gay character.

Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all banned the film due to the reference, although other Middle East markets, including Bahrain, Dubai, Lebanon and Egypt are still showing the film.

Russia has censored the scene by changing the word “girlfriend” to “partner,” and avoids mentioning Specter’s gender.

If you’re planning to see Onward, find out if you should stick around for a scene beyond the credits.

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