Commenting on the board’s choice to drag the movie on its scheduled launch date, NFVCB Government Director Adedayo Thomas confirmed that the controversial kissing scene between two homosexual characters influenced the suspension.
Thomas made the revelation on the Blue Photos Leisure Subsequent Gen Mini Convention. He mentioned: “I’m a liberal particular person however I’m standing earlier than you as the chief director of the NFVCB and the whole lot in regards to the regulation needs to be effected.
“Tremendous, I finished it earlier than its launch as a result of there’s a homosexual kiss, man to man kiss and that’s in opposition to the nation’s ethics. It offends our cultural and ethical values. Disney mentioned they weren’t going to do something about it and I refused to budge and once I did, different nations too did and what did they do? It needed to be edited out.”
Thomas’ remark comes weeks after speculations made headlines that ‘Eternals’ was suspended because of the controversial scene.
Filmone Leisure, sole distributor of Disney-owned movies in Nigeria had launched a press release, following the suspension, stating that the movie would return to the screens and on November 12, a closely censored model of the movie launched to the dismay of followers.The distribution firm has, nevertheless, refused to challenge a press release on the circumstances resulting in the movie’s suspension and subsequent censorship.
Directed by Chloe Zhao, the MCU movie has been hailed as the primary superhero movie with brazenly homosexual characters. The controversial scene between Phastos performed by Brian Tyree Henry and Ben (Haaz Sleiman) continues to spark world debates particularly in nations hostile to LGBTQ rights.