Yesterday we covered a story about Oscar Isaac’s feelings towards what he believes was a missed opportunity to expand the potential of a relationship between his character Poe Dameron and John Boyega’s Finn in the three latest Star Wars films that just wrapped up with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. In an interview he even goes on to blame the “Disney Overlords” for not allowing it to happen. Well regardless if that was ever the plan or not, there is some new information that in my opinion shows that the omission of a LGBT+ relationship is something that they might deem “bad for business” as crude as that might sound.
While the Poe/Finn relationship did not happen, during the final moments of the film two women are shown kissing in celebration of the Resistance’s big win against the Final Order. But according to The Guardian, that scene has been cut from the Singaporean version of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. The reason why it was cut was because in Singapore, same-sex marriage is illegal and considered a crime that is punishable by up to two years in prison. The law is silent on sex between women according to the LGBT rights charity Stonewall.
Due to this law Singaporean censorship guidelines say that films that contain LGBT themes or content as a subplot can be restricted to viewers aged 18 and over, while films that focus specifically on homosexuality can even be restricted to 21 and over rating. With that said according to Singapore’s media regulatory body, Disney removed the clip mentioned above in order to avoid a higher age rating. Which would have meant that the film would have had to be raised from it’s current PG13 rating.
“The applicant has omitted a brief scene which under the film classification guidelines would require a higher rating,” a spokesperson from Infocomm Media Development Authority said. Disney did not respond for comments on the classification.
While it’s not clear if the scene in question was cut from other countries, other media outlets have mentioned several people who have seen the film in Dubai have said that the scene was also removed there. The reality of the matter is that there are many markets around the world that do not share the same ideas of equality that we do here in the United States and some other places. As we can seen by what happened in Singapore and probably the other countries, having an LGBT relationship on screen would have costed the film a higher rating, which probably would have meant less at the box office and overall less money. This is something that of course the “Disney Overlords” would not allow, because as much as we all might think that it’s about the magic of cinema with Disney (and all studios for that matter), it really comes down to making the most money. But then again, maybe it wasn’t ever their intention to include an LGBT relationship and this is being blown out of proportion as it is done often.
Thoughts? Should the all mighty Disney sell out to other international markets for a profit? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters everywhere now.
Don’t forget to share this post on your Facebook and Twitter using the buttons at the top! Or you can react to the post down below.
Source: The Guardian