China Leaves Lesbian Kiss Uncut in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

The country's censors have been heavy-handed in removing LGBTQ content in media in the past.

The lesbian kiss in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will make it to screens across China.

The new installment of the massive franchise, which includes a brief kiss between two minor characters, premiered in the country on Wednesday. Those in attendance were reportedly surprised to see the kiss wasn’t removed, according to Variety.

Chinese audiences are giving the film a mixed rating, with users of popular movie websites Mtime and Douban giving it 6.9 and 7.5 stars out of 10, respectively.

It has similarly fared “meh” in the United States, with IMDb users ranking it 6.8 out of 10 stars, and critics collectively giving it an overall average of 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, which says the consensus is the movie “suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination.”

Chinese censors have traditionally been unkind to LGBTQ content, pulling moments of representation from the big screen and the small screen, and attempting to do so from social media as well. Last year, an author was sentenced to 10 years in jail for a homoerotic novel.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker debuts in the United States on December 20.

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