Barbie: As the release date for the film “Barbie” in Middle Eastern countries approached, Kuwait and Lebanon stirred up controversy by announcing their decision to ban the movie. Following Vietnam’s lead, these two nations have raised concerns about the film’s content. While the move has garnered mixed reactions globally, both Kuwait and Lebanon remain steadfast in their decision against the screening of the movie in theaters.
Kuwait’s controversial ban
Scheduled to release in Middle Eastern markets on August 10, 2023, “Barbie” had reached a staggering milestone by surpassing the USD 1 billion mark in box office sales. However, Kuwait took swift action to prevent the movie from being shown within its borders. The culture minister of Kuwait, Mohammad Mortada, justified the ban by stating that the film “promotes homosexuality” and goes against values of faith and morality by undermining the importance of the family unit.
Lebanon’s perspective on banning
In a parallel move, Lebanon’s culture minister, Mohammad Mortada, outlined the reasons for banning the movie in his country. Citing concerns that the film “promotes homosexuality and sexual transformation,” he also echoed Kuwait’s sentiments by asserting that the film’s content contradicts values of faith and morality.
About the movie ‘Barbie’
“Barbie” played by Margot Robbie and “Ken” by Ryan Gosling, this movie dives into an new and fresh perspective to the iconic doll. Directed by Greta Gerwig movie talks about the self-discovering and adventure of Barbie and Ken.