'Rise of Skywalker' Same-Sex Kiss Cut in Singapore
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The brief kissing scene between two women has been omitted from 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' for moviegoers in the Asian country in order to get the PG13 rating.

AceShowbiz - Bosses at Disney have cut a same-sex kiss from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" from showings of the movie in Singapore.

The new film features the franchise's first LGBTQ+ kiss, which was described by Vanity Fair as "a brief flash of two women kissing... among a crowd of characters."

However, the version released in Singapore omits the scene, with a spokesperson from the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) - Singapore's media regulatory body - telling the BBC that Disney cut the segment so it didn't get a higher age rating.

"The applicant has omitted a brief scene which under the film classification guidelines would require a higher rating," a spokesperson from the organisation said.

Without the kiss, the film is rated PG13 in Singapore, however, movies seen to be promoting homosexuality may be hit with a 21-and-over age rating in the country.

It is not clear if Disney - which owns Lucasfilm, the Star Wars production company - cut the scene in other countries. It was reportedly shown in China but not in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", starring Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and the late Carrie Fisher, is showing in theatres now.

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