A scene showing two women kissing has been cut from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in Singapore.
In the latest installment of the “Star Wars” franchise, Commander Larma D’Acy who was first introduced in “The Last Jedi”, is the first LGBTQ character in any of the films. While she only has a single line in the movie, the commander is spotted kissing a female pilot during a celebratory scene.
Now, Singapore’s media regulatory body has said that Disney cut the clip to ensure the film was not given a higher age rating. It is currently rated PG13 however censorship guidelines in the country state that movies with LGBT content may be restricted to viewers who are 18 and above. Films with homosexuality have the potential of being rated 21-and-over.
“The applicant has omitted a brief scene which under the film classification guidelines would require a higher rating,” said a spokesperson from Infocomm Media Development Authority.
Same-sex marriage is currently illegal in Singapore and intercourse between two males is considered a crime with a penalty of up to two years in prison. The law is not clear on sex between two females.
The same-sex kissing scene has been called historic for the franchise by some, while others are deeming it tokenism and hoping for more LGBTQ representation.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is in theaters now.