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Countries Are Already Censoring the 'Star Wars' Same-Sex Kiss

Still from Star Wars featuring Finn and Poe

It’s literally, like, one second long.

MikelleStreet

For the final film of the Star Wars Skywalker trilogy, J. J. Abrams felt it was time for a bid of representation. You know what we are talking about: gays. The LGBTQ+ community. Buzzwords, ya know. But, already, countries have begun to cut it from the footage.

"[I]n the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they're being represented in the film," Abrams said at a press junket for Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker. "I will say I'm giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said." He did, he said what he said. Sadly, he had already dashed hopes that Finn and Poe would throw off all "friendship" pretenses and fall madly in love with some sort of hot and steamy droid filmed sex scene. This only meant that there would be some other story line. Although "story line," is a bit of an overstep for what we got.

The representation amounted to what one reported called a "two second" kiss between two women in a montage of kisses -- we've seen the film and two seconds seems liberal. If you blink, you'll literally miss it. I didn't blink and I wasn't sure that I had seen it! And, while that bar for representation is beneath the floor, it was still too much for some!

In Singapore, Disney has removed the clip from the film so that the film wouldn't be restricted for those aged 18 and above. According to The Guardian some have reported that the scene was also removed from versions of the film shown in Dubai.

The kiss is the first same-sex kiss of the Star Wars franchise.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.