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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker remove one-second kiss between two women for Singapore audiences


The kiss didn’t even happen with any of the main characters (Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Disney has removed a brief scene where two women kiss on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, to appease Singapore audiences.

The scene – which literally barely lasts a second – has two women share a celebratory kiss during a joyous moment… but it wasn’t deemed ‘appropriate’ for Singaporean audiences.

‘The applicant has omitted a brief scene which under the film classification guidelines would require a higher rating,’ an Infocomm Media Development Authority spokesperson said of the removal.

‘Disney is said to have ditched the brief scene for this facet of the release in an effort to avoid the region hitting the movie with an 18-and-up viewing requirement.’

According to The Guardian’s report, Singaporean censorship guidelines suggest that LGBTQ+ subplots in media may be restricted to those who are over 18, while films that focus on homosexuality may get a 21-and-over rating.

Many thought Poe and Finn may develop a romance (Picture: Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.)
The kiss made the film Rated-R (Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Singapore while sex between men is a crime that can land someone in prison for up to two years.

Director of the film JJ Abrams previously claimed the kiss was important despite the recent removal of scenes.

During his press tour for The Rise of Skywalker, director JJ Abrams told Variety: ‘In 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.’

… Yet it was removed anyway. Sigh.

The finale of the latest Star Wars trilogy has been receiving mixed reviews, but is still doing well as it’s Star Wars after all.

The movie has hauled $516.8 million (£397.2 million) to date and is expected to earn a lot more over the next week.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available in cinemas now. 



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