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The American streaming giant is threatened with legal action by several Gulf countries who are asking to remove content deemed “contrary to Islamic and societal values”.
INTERNATIONAL – Netflix is warned. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbors have asked the American streaming giant to remove content deemed “contrary to Islamic and societal values”and even threaten legal action, according to a press release published on Tuesday, September 6.
On the other hand, this joint press release from the gendarmes of the telecommunications of theSaudi Arabia and the five other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) does not specify the nature of the content deemed offensive on netflix. “The platform has been contacted to remove this content, especially that intended for children”indicates text only.
The authorities will ensure “that the guidelines are respected by the platform and, if illegal content continues to be disseminated, they will take the necessary legal measures”, he warns. In the immediate future, Netflix did not react to this express request from the GCC.
LGBTQ + productions in the viewfinder
Now it remains to know what the targeted content is. According to the Saudi media, more explicit as to the content deemed offensive in the press release from the GCC countries, it would be mainly films and series where characters appear LGBTQ+.
The state channel Al-Ekhbariya denounced “children’s films and series with scenes promoting homosexuality via Netflix”. In a live interview, a lawyer lamented “very inappropriate and painful scenes for our children, our grandchildren and the future generation. »
In a separate section, the Al-Ekhbariya channel showed scenes from the Netflix animated film Jurassic World : The Cretaceous Colo, in which two female characters (Yaz and Sammy) whose faces have been blurred, kiss each other.
A kiss exchanged by Yaz and Sammy, two homosexual characters from the Netflix series “Jurassic World: La Colo du Cretaceous”.
Interviewed by the channel, a person presenting himself as “family affairs and education counselor”regrets that offensive content “crew into our homes” and that the country facing “a crisis of censorship”.
Under the impetus of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has only recently opened up to entertainment and major world events, but political and social restrictions remain very strong.
In April, Saudi Arabia asked Disney to remove “LGBTQ references” in the marvel movie, ” Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness », in order to authorize its projection in the rooms of the ultraconservative kingdom. Disney then refused to comply and the film was therefore not screened in Arabia.
In June, the United Arab Emirates had bans the animated film from Pixar studios, ” Buzz Lightning “which contains a fleeting kiss scene between two women living together.
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