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Russia Shares Footage of Brittney Griner on Plane, Her Release

The Federal Security Service of the Russian government and Russian State Television released footage of the release of Brittney Griner, as well as the prisoner exchange for Russian Viktor Bout, an arms dealer accused of supplying arms to Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Rwandan rebels. The initial video shows Griner on a plane where she’s asked if she’s happy and ready for her flight, to which Griner nods and said yes.

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Chris Evans brands critics of Lightyear same-sex kiss ‘idiots’ and he’s so over the debate
Chris Evans has aired his ‘frustrations’ with the controversy surrounding the same-sex kiss in Pixar’s Lightyear. The Captain America actor takes the lead in the anticipated Toy Story spin-off, voicing the main character Buzz Lightyear. However, the film’s release has been overshadowed by criticism over a same-sex kiss between two female characters, one of which is named Hawthorne and voiced by Uzo Aduba. Earlier this year, it was reported that Disney had cut the scene from the film before restoring it amid backlash over Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill. LGBT employees and allies at Pixar are said to have sent a letter to Disney bosses claiming that the company had censored ‘overtly gay affection’ in its films. Lightyear has since been banned in countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait over its LGBT themes. Addressing the storm, Chris, 41, told Reuters quite bluntly: ‘The real truth is those people are idiots. ‘Every time there’s been social advancement as we wake up, the American story, the human story is one of constant social awakening and growth and that’s what makes us good.’ The Knives Out star also addressed reports of Disney restoring the kiss scene and said ‘it makes me happy’. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 videoHowever, he added to Variety: ‘It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion.
‘Lightyear’ banned in 14 markets
Lightyear,” which features a same-sex kiss, has been denied release in more than a dozen mainly Muslim countries.Countries across Asia and the Middle East have refused to give Pixar’s “Toy Story” spinoff a showing, in the latest development for parent company Disney as it tries to navigate differing public and political attitudes on LGBTQ issues.Regulators in the United Arab Emirates this week announced they were banning the movie for “violation of the country’s media content standards,” tweeting a picture of titular hero Buzz Lightyear in a red “No” symbol.Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, said it had not banned the film, “but suggested the owner of the movie think about their audience in Indonesia where an LGBT kissing scene is still considered sensitive.”Rommy Fibri Hardiyanto, head of Indonesia’s censoring office overseen by the Ministry of Education and Culture, told AFP that Disney has not offered a re-cut version of “Lightyear.”In neighboring Malaysia, the Film Censorship Board said if cuts were not made the film would not be screened in the country.“It is not appropriate to show the two scenes, and they are not suitable to be viewed by children,” an official, who declined to be named, told AFP.Disney is understood to have declined to make any cuts, offering the film “as is” in all markets.As a result, a total of 14 countries and territories where the company wanted to show “Lightyear” have not granted the film a release, AFP has learned.The others are: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Syria.“Lightyear” tells the backstory of the main character from the hit franchise “Toy Story,” an action figure who believes he is