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International News Higlights — June 17, 2022

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Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer and Chris Evans at the UK premiere of Lightyear — Photo by Maja Smiejkowska / Reuters
Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer and Chris Evans at the UK premiere of Lightyear — Photo by Maja Smiejkowska / Reuters

Disney will not cut LGBTQ content, despite pressures
Reuters reported on June 13 that Disney/Pixar's new film Lightyear will not be shown in 14 Middle Eastern and Asian countries, due to various laws against media depicting same-sex couples. The countries in question include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia and Lebanon.

The film is also unlikely to appear in China, the world's largest movie market, since Disney declined to make cuts to the film after authorities in China asked for them.

Lightyear is the prequel to Pixar's famous Toy Story, and it will star Chris Evans of "Captain America" fame as space ranger Buzz Lightyear. The gay couple causing the stir is Buzz's close friend, a female space ranger who marries a woman.

Lightyear producer Galyn Susman said of China's request, "We're not going to cut anything, especially something as important as the loving and inspirational relationship that shows Buzz what he's missing by the choices that he's making, so that's not getting cut."

Chris Evans said of the aversion to LGBTQ issues, "It's great that we are a part of something that's making steps forward in the social inclusion capacity, but it's frustrating that there are still places that aren't where they should be."

Rebel Wilson comes out, columnist says too soon
NBC News reported on June 13 that the Sydney Morning Herald removed a column about Rebel Wilson, after complaints that he attempted to "out" the 42-year-old Australian actress before she had announced that she was dating a woman.

Gossip columnist Andrew Hornery wrote that Wilson had "opted to gazump the story" — meaning she swindled it — by announcing the news on her Instagram profile a few days before the column's publication, which Hornery said was a "big mistake" and "underwhelming."

Herald editor Bevan Shields defended the column in a note to readers, but the column was replaced with an apology just a day later, with the headline, "I made mistakes over Rebel Wilson, and will learn from them."

Wilson's Instagram post revealed that she is dating Ramona Agruma, an Los Angeles-based entrepreneur and brand ambassador. The post declared that she may have found her own "Disney Princess."

On the incident with the Herald, Wilson replied to a journalist on Twitter, "Thanks for your comments, it was a very hard situation but trying to handle it with grace."