Some Gulf states have reportedly threatened legal action over Netflix content they find offensive.
Apparently, a special committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council has asked the streaming service to remove material that violates “Islamic and social values and principles.”
It did not clarify which movies or shows were being referenced, though it is believed some content aimed at children was included.
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One news report is said to have mentioned content with scenes “promoting” homosexuality, which is still officially illegal in many parts of the Middle East. And another segment highlighted animated show Cretaceous Campwhich sees two female characters kissing.
The reports said authorities would monitor compliance with the directives, and “should infringing content continue to be broadcast, necessary legal action will be taken.”
Esra Assery, CEO of the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM), said arab news: “All legal measures will be taken to protect the sovereignty of the Kingdom, the citizens and residents of any intellectual attack aimed at affecting their societies, values, upbringing security of their generations and protect them from harmful content.”
Over the years, many films have been banned from release in certain countries due to content.
At the beginning of this year, Light-year it was banned from theaters in the United Arab Emirates for “its violation of the country’s media content standards”.
No specific reason was given at the time, but the movie about Buzz Lightyear featured a same-sex kiss.
Last year it was reported that the Marvel movie eternal was being withdrawn from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.
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And sources suggested it was because the film included a same-sex couple, Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and his partner Ben (Haaz Sleiman), and the fact that they shared a kiss in one scene.
Yahoo has contacted Netflix for comment.
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