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Malaysia has banned Marvel's Thor: Love and Thunder film from the cinemas because of its 'gay elements' in an attempt to 'curb LGBT content'.

The government said it objected to two minor parts in the film, with one being when a female character, Valkyrie, takes an interest in a concubine of Zeus.

Another moment mentioned was when Valkyrie is told by rock creature Korg that he reveals that he has two fathers.

His species is 'conceived' when two 'Kronan' men hold hands over a pit of lava.

Distributor Disney submitted Thor: Love and Thunder as well as Pixar's Lightyear to Malaysia's Film Censorship Board, who asked for cuts which the studios rejecting, leading to the ban.

Same sex relations are illegal in Malaysia, with those found guilty facing up to 20 yeas in prison and a mandatory whipping punishment. 

Malaysia has banned Marvel's Thor: Love and Thunder film from the cinemas because of its 'gay elements' in an attempt to 'curb LGBT content' (pictured, Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth as Jane Foster and Thor)

The government said it objected to two minor parts in the film, with one being when a female character, Valkyrie, takes an interest in a concubine of Zeus (pictured, Chris Hemsworth as Thor)

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The Asian country has laws which promote religious and racial tolerance between its three main ethnic groups, Chinese, Indian and Malays, but does not tolerate either male or female homosexuality.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister for Malaysia, Zahidi Zainul Abidin, said that the Thor film did not pass censorship because the government and Islamic Affairs Department were 'committed' to preventing the 'growth of LGBT culture'.

'[The movie] touched on LGBT but we see right now there are many films with LGBT elements that slip past the censorship,' said Abidin, The Times reports. 

He also responded to a question in parliament to say: 'I am frustrated because the outside world was the one promoting LGBT,' adding that he and the government were rigorously monitoring films and social media platforms to find those promoting LGBT content, who would face 'severe action' if found.

Distributor Disney submitted Thor: Love and Thunder as well as Pixar's Lightyear to Malaysia's Film Censorship Board, who asked for cuts which the studios rejecting, leading to the ban. Pictured, the film's director, Taika Waititi

Abidin argued that LGBT films were becoming 'less blatant' in their methods and warned members of the public to remain 'vigilant'. 

Pixar's Lightyear has been banned in at least 16 Muslim countries. The United Arab Emirates announced they wouldn't show a film in cinemas as it featured a same-sex kiss.

With the Malaysian government restricted to controlling content in cinemas and broadcast television, streaming services like Hotstar, the Malay version of Disney+, is able to show the films online.

The minister added that Malaysians ought to show 'self-restraint' and encouraged parents to use the age-control systems in place on the streaming services. 

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Tributes have been pouring in for "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn. The legendary country music singer died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, according to her family.
'COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER' LORETTA LYNN DEAD AT 90

Among those taking to social media was the Grand Ole Opry.

"60 years of Opry membership, countless memories, songs and stories. Our Opry family turns to music when words fail. Thank you for all you’ve given to the Opry, @LorettaLynn, We love you," a tweet from the venue said.

60 years of Opry membership, countless memories, songs and stories.

Our Opry family turns to music when words fail. Thank you for all you’ve given to the Opry, @LorettaLynn.

We love you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/NnLMzTRIWE

— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) October 4, 2022


"So sorry to hear about my sister, friend Loretta," Dolly Parton tweeted. "We've been like sisters all the years we've been in Nashville and she was a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I'm one of them. I miss her dearly as we all will. May she rest in peace."

❤️ pic.twitter.com/lMThmUgY8x

— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) October 4, 2022


Fellow country diva Reba McEntire took to Instagram to share a tribute.

"Mama and Loretta Lynn were four years apart, Mama being the oldest. They always reminded me a lot of each other. Strong women, who loved their children and were fiercely loyal.

Now they’re both in Heaven getting to visit and talk about how they were raised, how different country music is now from what it was when they were young. Sure makes me feel good that Mama went first so she could welcome Loretta into the hollers of heaven!

I always did and I always will love Loretta. She was always so nice to me. I sure appreciate her paving the rough and rocky road for all us girl singers," McEntire wrote.

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"Terrible news about Loretta Lynn passing away… Prayers to her family," Blake Shelton tweeted.

Terrible news about Loretta Lynn passing away… Prayers to her family.

— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 4, 2022


"It’s so hard to feel like you have the right words. I can hear Loretta saying 'just take your time honey'. We all loved her so much. There will never be another like her. I am so grateful that I got to know her, to spend time with her, laugh with her…..I was always a little astonished when she called me her friend. I know how much she missed Doo, her son and daughter, her mommy and daddy, Patsy, Tammy, Conway…she is back with them now. I can imagine her big beautiful smile and how happy her soul must be for that. She ended every phone call the same way…'I love you honey'. I love you too Loretta. I love you too," Martina McBride wrote alongside a photo with Lynn on Instagram.

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"Very sad news this morning … LORETTA LYNN has gone home … Great Britain lost their Queen … now we have lost ours … Rest easy ma’am. You were loved all … #RIPLorretta," the Oak Ridge Boys tweeted.

Very sad news this morning … LORETTA LYNN has gone home … Great Britain lost their Queen … now we have lost ours … Rest easy ma’am. You were loved all … ???? #RIPLorretta pic.twitter.com/eUlgqVhNjF

— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) October 4, 2022


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"She was an inspiration. R.I.P. Loretta Lynn," wrote Carole King.

She was an inspiration.
R.I.P. Loretta Lynn ❤️ pic.twitter.com/VqwmkcOAqy

— Carole King (@Carole_King) October 4, 2022


Billy Ray Cyrus shared an album cover autographed by Lynn in his tribute.

Celebrating the life of Loretta Lynn. One of my highest honors was being joined by her and George Jones on a song I wrote called “Country Music Has The Blues”. She handed me this wonderful gift on that day. #lorettalynn pic.twitter.com/xUF4IVQMKe

— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) October 4, 2022


"Celebrating the life of Loretta Lynn. One of my highest honors was being joined by her and George Jones on a song I wrote called 'Country Music Has The Blues'. She handed me this wonderful gift on that day. #lorettalynn," Cyrus tweeted.

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