Lebanon and Kuwait censor ‘Barbie’ (ALL THE NEWS), according to Variety. According to the two Arab countries, the film by Greta Gerwig with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, a live action film adaptation of the famous Mattel fashion doll series, promotes homosexuality and therefore goes against the values of faith and morality. “The film goes against the moral and religious values of Lebanon, encourages perversion and gender transformation. At the same time it rejects patriarchy and ridicules the role of mothers” – said the Lebanese culture minister, Mohammad Mortada.
local censorship requests
The output of Barbie it was initially scheduled for the Middle East on July 19, two days before the rest of the world. It now appears that the new date, also for Saudi Arabia, will be August 31, instead of August 10 as previously announced. Local censors are asking for changes regarding LGBTQ+ dialogue. So far, the film with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles, has already passed the billion dollar mark in worldwide receipts (Barbie also overwhelms the box office in Italy with 16.7 million euros in receipts).
BARBIE NOT JUST A BOX OFFICE HIT, BUT THE PHENOMENON OF THE MOMENT
Barbie is already destined to mark the history of cinema, and not just for its massive pink-tinged marketing campaign or its enormous box office success. The film, in addition to having broken and unhinged numerous records, is in fact decisively marking the fashion and trends of summer 2023. Everything, from the choice of clothes to the theme parties, has now turned pink: Selena Gomez herself, dressed and made up in pink, on the occasion of hers 31st birthday organized a special private screening of the film Barbie. But she is not the only star to have followed the fashion of the moment: too John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, dressed as Barbie and Ken, spent a vacation with their children in the “Barbie house” in Malibu, a property that mimics the scenarios of the film with Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie. The film Barbieis not only conquering cinemas around the world but is also establishing itself as a phenomenon of the moment.