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‘Lightyear’ producer vows no cuts amid film’s ban in several Asian countries over same-sex kiss

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  • Disney Pixar’s film “Lightyear” has been banned in 14 Middle Eastern and Asian countries due to the depiction of a same-sex couple who share a kiss.
  • Children under the age of 16 will be unable to watch the film in Singapore where Infocomm Media Development Authority gave the film an NC16 rating.
  • A producer for the film stated that China will most likely ban the film as Disney is denying any requests for changes.
  • The United Arab Emirates, where same-sex relationships are considered a crime, said that the film violated the country’s media content guidelines.
  • “Lightyear” will be released in theaters on June 15 for international audiences and June 17 for the United States.

The depiction of a same-sex couple who share a kiss in the Disney Pixar animated film “Lightyear” prompted 14 Asian and Middle Eastern countries to ban the film.

In “Lightyear,” a prequel to Pixar’s “Toy Story” franchise, Buzz’s close friend, a female space ranger, marries another woman. A scene depicting the timeline of the couple’s relationship features a brief kiss between the couple.

Controversial 2-year ban on Malaysian badminton star Lee Zii Jia lifted

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  • The Badminton Association of Malaysia has lifted the ban it imposed on local badminton star Lee Zii Jia.
  • Lee and women's singles player Goh Jin Wei were both penalized for quitting the Malaysian national team this month.
  • The ban, which restricts them from playing in all tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for two years, has been heavily criticized online.
  • Goh is now also waiting for the results of her appeal, which she filed on Monday.

A ban imposed by Malaysia’s Badminton Association earlier this month on international star shuttler Lee Zii Jia has been lifted. 

On Tuesday, Lee reached an agreement with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) that would potentially allow him to compete in international tournaments as an independent, reported Agence France-Presse.

China Will Now ‘Severely Punish’ the Selling, Eating of Wild Animals

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The Chinese government has officially imposed a permanent ban on the selling and consumption of illegal wildlife amid the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The announcement of the permanent ban was made by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Monday, according to Shanghaiist. It said that the hunting, trading and transportation of terrestrial wild animals that naturally grow and breed in the wild for the sole purpose of consumption is now “completely prohibited.”

American Who Made Flight Attendants Wipe His Butt Continues to Book Flights With EVA Air

The obese American man who harassed and traumatized EVA Air flight attendants by ordering them to wipe him after defecating has, despite being banned, successfully booked more flights with the same airline.

According to Shanghaiist via Taiwan News, the unnamed man booked a two part flight with EVA Air for May 17, which would take him from Bangkok to Taipei and finally to Los Angeles. The man has reportedly booked over 20 flights with EVA in the past; in fact, this past incident was the second such incident recorded wherein the man bizarrely harassed flight attendants to wipe his butt after using the bathroom.

China’s Heartthrobs Get Their Ears Pixelated on TV Because of ‘Earring Ban’

Some Chinese male stars on local television programs ended up getting their ears pixelated after government censors enforced a ban on “men wearing earrings on TV.”

The “earring ban” imposed on China’s male heartthrobs are said to be part of a prohibition on melodic hip hop, tattoos, dyed hair and acting in a “sissy” way on TV by the government to keep “alternative cultures” from gaining influence in the country.

Filipino DOTA 2 Player Who Typed ‘Ching Chong’ in Chat Gets Banned by Valve

One of the top eSports players from the Philippines has been banned from participating in a major event in China after typing a racial slur during a game.

Valve, which owns popular eSport title Dota 2, revealed that Filipino Dota 2 player TNC Predator’s Carlo “Kuku” Palad will not be allowed to join Chongqing Major for typing out “ching chong” in the chat.

Kim Jong Un Declares War on Christmas, Bans Drinking and Singing in North Korea

Kim Jong Un has reportedly banned any “gatherings that involve alcohol and singing” during Christmas in a bid to further control dissent as the UN puts sanctions on North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons.

According to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), North Korea “has devised a system whereby party organs report people’s economic hardships on a daily basis, and it has banned any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other entertainment and is strengthening control of outside information.”

China Officially Bans ICOs, Bitcoin Crashes More Than 8%

China’s central bank officially banned several organizations — as well as individuals — from raising funds through the use of Initial Coin Offerings, or commonly referred to as ICOs.

ICOs have proven to be quite rewarding for many cryptocurrency entrepreneurs in China and even globally. It allowed them to raise large amounts of money rapidly by selling “digital tokens.” However, the country’s central bank puts this practice to rest as it constitutes unregulated and illegal fundraising, Reuters reported.