Doctor Strange 2 Banned In Saudi Arabia For LGBTQ+ Character

Homosexuality is still illegal in the Gulf countries, so films featuring LGBTQ+ characters or containing references to the LGBTQ+ community continue to fail censorship boards. Even though Multiverse of Madness does not contain an on-screen kiss, as it did for Eternals, the film was still subject to censorship if any reference was made to Chavez’s sexuality. Critics of Disney’s attempts at LGBTQ+ representation in the past have pointed out that while their “representation” can easily be removed from the film for international audiences, it probably doesn’t do the community justice anyway. It will be very telling on Disney’s behalf if they continue to hold their ground and refuse to make changes for countries like the UAE.

This specific case speaks to the larger issue that Disney and its affiliates must continue to wrestle with: do they appreciate the inclusion of more meaningful LGBTQ+ stories in their movies/TV shows, or the ability to benefit more from screenings in countries international? As the Florida House of Representatives just passed a bill that would dissolve private government at Walt Disney World, Disney is under increased financial scrutiny over how it wants to move forward. Regardless of how politicized the issues are, fans can still be thrilled to witness the return of Dr. Strange and the introduction of America Chavez when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters in the United States on May 4.

Source: THR


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Homosexuality is still illegal across the Gulf countries, resulting in films that depict LGBTQ+ characters or contain references to the LGBTQ+ community continuing to fail censorship boards. Even if Multiverse of Madness doesn’t contain an on-screen kiss as was the linchpin issue for Eternals, the film was still likely to get censored if a reference was made to Chavez’s sexuality. Critics of Disney’s attempts at LGBTQ+ representation in the past have pointed out that if their “representation” can easily be edited out of the film for international audiences, it probably wasn’t doing the community justice anyway. It’ll be very telling on Disney’s behalf if they continue to hold their ground and refuse to make edits for countries like UAE.
This specific instance speaks to the larger issue that Disney and its subsidiaries have to continue grappling with: do they value the inclusion of more meaningful LGBTQ+ stories in their films/TV shows, or the ability to profit from screenings in international countries more? With the Florida House of Representatives just passing a bill that would dissolve Walt Disney World’s private government, Disney is under increased financial scrutiny about how they want to move forward. Regardless of the politicization of the issues, fans can still be excited to witness the return of Dr. Strange and the introduction of America Chavez when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters in the U.S. on May 4.
Source: THR

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