Thu 17 August 2023:
Algeria has banned the movie “Barbie,” which had been showing at some cinemas in the country for several weeks, an official source and the local 24H Algerie news site said on Monday.
The official source said the film “promotes homosexuality and other Western deviances” and that it “does not comply with Algeria’s religious and cultural beliefs.”
Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, Barbie currently has massed $1.18 billion (€1 billion) in box office ticket sales worldwide since its 21 July debut.
Lebanon and Kuwait have both also banned the film on similar grounds last week.
A spokesman for the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information said that the film, “promulgates ideas and beliefs that are alien to Kuwaiti society and public order”.
The ministry also banned the Australian horror film Talk to Me – which also features the appearance of a transsexual actor.
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