LGBTQ Scene Among Cuts Made to ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ for Kuwait Release (Exclusive)

LGBTQ Scene Among Cuts Made to ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ for Kuwait Release (Exclusive)

The LGBTQ representation in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever might not exactly be extensive — coming down mostly to a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment of affection between Michaela Coel’s character Aneka and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo — but it’s enough for the moment to have been cut for the film’s release in one Gulf country.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that while only a very small number of edits have been made to Marvel’s all-star sequel for it to be released in Kuwait, amounting to just over 1 minute of cuts in total, this has included the 10-second scene in which Aneka kisses Ayo on the forehead. A scene in which a woman gives birth and the line “A god to His people” were also removed at the request of censors.

Kuwait is the only country to insist on cuts in a region that recently imposed strict restrictions on any reference to LGBTQ characters and issues for films hoping to be released theatrically. THR knows that Black Panther : Wakanda Forever will be shown in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain.

Over the last year, major titles including Pixar’s Lightyear; Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Eternals; and Disney’s West Side Story were all stopped by censors from hitting cinemas over same-gender kisses and gay or transgender characters. Saudi Arabia is the largest market in the region, and none of these films made it to theaters. (Kuwait is No. 3. After the U.A.E.

Kuwaiti cinemagoers may not be surprised that the scene involving Aneka & Ayo was removed. Kuwait is considered the most restrictive in the region in terms censorship and where studios are often willing to make intimate edits even for same-gender relationships. In the first Black Panther, a kiss between T’Challa and Nakia was removed, while a heterosexual kiss was also removed from Encanto.

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