ADDED ON: 12/20/2019

Chinese censors, audiences unfazed by ‘Rise of Skywalker’ gay kiss

12/19/2019 | NBC News

The first gay kiss of the “Star Wars” film franchise has surprisingly survived China’s censors and made it to the big screens across the country. Audiences were unfazed as well – or, in some cases, puzzled. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” enjoyed a night of previews in China on Dec. 18, ahead of its day-and-date outing with the North American release on Dec. 20. Director J.J. Abrams had earlier hinted at LGBTQ representation in the latest installment of the franchise, which turned out to be a brief kiss between two female characters. Those who attended the movie’s preview earlier in China were surprised to see the gay kiss left untouched by the censors.

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