Barbie movie banned in Kuwait and Lebanon: What does this mean for the film?


The upcoming live-action Barbie movie has been banned in Kuwait, with Lebanon also moving to censor the film. The move comes after concerns were raised about the film’s portrayal of gender roles.

The film, which stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, has been criticized for its depiction of Barbie as a fashion icon and Ken as a dim-witted male stereotype. Some critics have also accused the film of promoting unrealistic body images.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information said that the film was banned because it “promotes a concept contrary to Kuwaiti values and customs.” The ministry also said that the film was “not appropriate for the public”.

The Lebanese government has not yet banned the film, but the Ministry of Culture has ordered that it be censored before it can be released in theaters. The ministry said that the film will be edited to remove any scenes that are considered to be “contrary to Lebanese values”.

The bans on the Barbie movie are the latest in a series of censorship decisions by Middle Eastern countries. In recent years, films such as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms have all been banned or censored in the region for a variety of reasons.

The bans on these films have been met with criticism from some who argue that they are an infringement on freedom of expression. However, the governments of these countries argue that they are necessary to protect their cultures and values.

It remains to be seen whether the bans on the Barbie movie will be lifted or whether they will be enforced in other Middle Eastern countries. However, the bans are a sign of the growing concerns about the portrayal of gender roles and body images in Western films.

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