Pixar film Onward reportedly banned in four countries over gay reference

Specter is Disney-Pixar's first openly gay character

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar have banned Pixar’s Onward due to a reference to lesbian parents, according to Hollywood press.

The family film, which took $40m (€35m) at the North American box office on its opening weekend, includes Disney-Pixar’s first ever openly gay character, Police officer Specter, who is voiced by Lena Waithe.

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One of her lines in the film includes: “It’s not easy being a parent… my girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out, OK?”

Other Middle East countries, such as Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt, are showing the film.


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