Disney’s “Onward” Banned In Middle East Over Openly Gay Character

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Yet another Disney offering has found itself under fire in Middle Eastern markets over the increasing promotion of homosexuality in their films.

Disney-Pixar’s latest animated feature, “Onward,” centers around a pair of elf brothers, voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, who go on a quest to find magic that will bring their deceased father back to life.

As we previously reported, one scene finds the protagonists meeting a female police officer who makes a casual reference to having a girlfriend.

The officer, named “Specter”, is being celebrated as Disney’s first openly homosexual animated character after a string of characters with ambiguous sexual orientations.

Yahoo Entertainment reports:

Officer Specter enters the narrative in mid-quest as Ian and Barley are en route to the magical mountains outside of their otherwise ordinary town. The brothers’ reckless piloting of Barley’s beloved van, Guinevere, brings them to the attention of one-eyed Specter and her faun sidekick, Officer Gore (Ali Wong), who pull the boys over. Not wanting to be escorted home, Ian casts a masking spell that temporarily disguises him and Barley as Colt. The ruse fools Specter, who listens as “Officer Bronco” complains about his girlfriend’s kids and the difficulty of being the new guy in their mom’s life. She immediately sympathizes with him, saying: “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out,” but suggests that the best thing they can do is try to be there for them.

Lena Waithe, the actress who lends her voice to “Specter,” is herself a lesbian.

“It just kind of happened,” the film’s producer, Kori Rae said. “The scene, when we wrote it, was kind of fitting, and it opens up the world a little bit, and that’s what we wanted.”

Censors in a handful of Muslim countries including, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have all opted to ban the film outright. Several others, however, including Bahrain, Lebanon, and Egypt, have allowed the film to run uncensored.

Surprisingly, Russia has allowed the film to be released in its theaters on the provision that the word “girlfriend” is overdubbed with the word “partner” just weeks after President Vladimir Putin declared that homosexual “marriage” will never be a reality in the nation.

Late last year, Disney’s latest Star Wars saga installment drew sharp condemnation from Western conservatives and liberals alike when a version of the film was released to Middle Eastern markets with a controversial lesbian kiss edited out.

This is not the first time Disney has found itself in hot water with more conservative national governments. If they continue seeking “woke” brownie points, it certainly won’t be the last.

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