‘Eternals’ Was Suspended Because The ‘Gay Kiss’ Violates Our Culture – NFVCB
The Marvel Movie was temporarily delayed owing to a controversial gay kissing scene.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
The National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has officially addressed Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ temporary ban from theaters.
NFVCB Executive Director Adedayo Thomas revealed that the contentious kissing scene between two LGBT characters affected the board’s decision to withdraw the film on its planned release date.
At the Blue Pictures Entertainment Next Gen Mini Conference, Thomas made the announcement. He stated, “I am a liberal person but I am standing before you as the executive director of the NFVCB and everything about the law has to be effected.
“Fine, I stopped it before its release because there is a gay kiss, man to man kiss and that is against the country’s ethics. It offends our cultural and moral values. Disney said they were not going to do anything about it and I refused to budge and when I did, other countries too did and what did they do? It had to be edited out.”
Thomas’ remark comes only weeks after reports surfaced that ‘Eternals’ had been canceled owing to the controversial sequence.
Following the suspension, Filmone Entertainment, the sole distributor of Disney-owned films in Nigeria, issued a statement declaring that the picture will return to theaters, and on November 12, to the disappointment of fans, a substantially modified version of the film was released.
However, the distribution company has declined to give a comment on the events that led to the film’s suspension and subsequent censoring.
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