“Barbie” film banned in Algeria for promoting homosexuality, adding to bans in Kuwait and Vietnam, but its global earnings surpass $1 billion, with $660.6 million from overseas.
Barbie Banned Again
Iconic and celebrated, Barbie faces another country’s ban, this time in Algeria.
“Promotes Homosexuality and Other Western Deviances”
An official claimed that Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed film “promotes homosexuality and other Western deviances” and “does not comply with Algeria’s religious and cultural beliefs,” echoing similar bans in Kuwait and Vietnam.
Banned for ‘Damaging Morals’
Local news outlet 24H Algerie first reported the ban, revealing Algeria’s Ministry of Culture sent letters condemning the film for “damaging morals.”
Government Monitors Movies for Citizens
The Algerian Culture Ministry monitors the content of films displayed in theaters and has the authority to prevent them from being shown.
They Were Instructed to Stop Immediately
Instructions were issued to theaters in Algiers, Oran, and Constantine to halt screenings “immediately,” and the film’s distributor, Algeria MD Ciné, was also notified.
Barbie Goes Into the Real World
Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, Barbie takes Mattel Inc.’s doll on an adventure in the real world.
The Movie Was Supposed to Be Funny
Director Greta Gerwig mentioned to the New York Times during the film’s release that her intention was for it to be “funny.”
She said she wanted the movie to encourage society to “release the aspects that may not be beneficial for both women and men.”
Sold Out for Three Weeks
Despite concerns over its content, the ban may have missed its mark as Barbie has already enjoyed a three-week run in Algerian theaters, premiering on July 19 and garnering sold-out screenings.
Algeria Isn’t Alone
Algeria now joins Kuwait and Vietnam in banning Barbie, while Lebanon is contemplating a similar ban due to moral concerns.
Concerns Over Promoting Homosexuality
Kuwait deemed the film’s content “alien to Kuwaiti society and public order,” while Lebanon’s culture minister, Mohammad Mortada, explicitly stated concerns about promoting homosexuality and sexual transformation.
Vietnam Was the First to Ban Barbie
Vietnam, the first to prohibit Barbie, did so on the grounds of geopolitical reasons, relating to a scene depicting a map of the contested “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea, a dispute involving territorial claims by China and other nations in the region.
Barbie Breaks Records Despite Bans
Despite international bans and some controversies, Barbie’s success remains resolute, having recently crossed the impressive $1 billion global revenue milestone, with over $660.6 million from overseas markets.
Female Director Breaks Records
Greta Gerwig’s achievement in directing the film has also made her the first solo female director to attain this feat.
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Source: Alaribaya News