Egypt has demanded that streaming services such as Disney + and Netflix adhere to the country’s “social values”.
“Regulatory and licensing rules will be put in place for digital platforms such as Netflix and Disney + which will include their commitment to abide by the state’s social norms and values,” Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation said in a statement on Sept. 7. , as reported by Eye of the Middle East.
This announcement came after a similar joint statement released by the Saudi Arabian media regulator and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which stated that they would take legal action against Netflix if the streaming service had not removed the contents that “contradict Islamic and social values”. Although both the statements from Egypt and the GCC did not provide specific examples of content, Saudi Arabia has noticed films and television shows featuring LGBTQ + characters. According to The Middle East Eye, an Egyptian lawmaker by the name of Mustafa Bakri had called for Netflix to be banned entirely in Egypt, although this has been contested by the country’s Artists Syndicate.
Homosexuality is illegal in many Gulf countries, and projects have previously been banned for including LGBTQ characters and themes. In June, Pixar’s latest animated blockbuster, Light year, was banned from release in Saudi Arabia and by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Media Regulatory Office for a scene featuring a same-sex kiss, labeled a “violation of the country’s media content standards “. It was later reported that not even Disney + Middle East would provide Light year or the series Baymax! for the inclusion of LGBTQ + characters, although Marvel Studios Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness would be available on the platform.
In April, Multiverse of madness was also banned in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, for the inclusion of America Chavez, who is played by Xochitl Gomez, who is canonically gay in the Marvel comics, as well as a 12-second scene showing the character had “two moms. “At the time, Nawaf Alsabhan, the general supervisor of film classification of Saudi Arabia, explained that” it is very difficult to get such a thing through “in the Middle East. Multiverse of madness followed in the footsteps of Marvel Eternal and Steven Spielberg History of the west side, which they have both been banned in the Gulf countries for similar reasons.
In December 2021 it was reported that History of the west side had been banned in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait after Disney turned down requests for censorship of the film which included a transgender character, Anybodys, played by non-binary actor Iris Menas. Eternal It was likewise withdrawn from release in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar after Disney refused to make changes that revolved around Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos and Haaz Sleiman’s Ben, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first gay couple.
Source: Eye of the Middle East