‘West Side Story’ Banned in Saudi Arabia, Other Gulf Nations

Just a month after #Eternals suffered the same fate, Steven Spielberg's #WestSideStory has fallen foul of regional censors, this time supposedly over the inclusion of a transgender character

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12/7/2021 11:02:00 AM

Just a month after Eternals suffered the same fate, Steven Spielberg 's WestSideStory has fallen foul of regional censors, this time supposedly over the inclusion of a transgender character

Just a month after ' Eternals ' suffered the same fate, Steven Spielberg 's musical adaptation has fallen foul of regional censors, this time supposedly over the inclusion of a transgender character.

The Hollywood Reporterhas confirmed.In Saudi Arabia and Kuwait — considered the strictest in terms of censorship — the film wasn’t granted a release certificate. In the remaining countries, censors requested cuts that Disney refused to make. The film had been due for release on Dec. 9 and was on all major cinema websites.

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While the reasoning is unconfirmed, regional sources tellThe Hollywood Reporterthat the decision was due to the character Anybodys, written as transgender in the new adaptation and played by nonbinary actress Iris Menas. With homosexuality officially illegal across the Gulf, films that feature any LGBTQ references or issues often fall foul of the censors.

West Side Storyactually follows hot on the heels of Disney’s

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Will Not Play In Saudi Arabia, UAE & Other Parts Of Middle EastDisney/20th Century Studios’ West Side Story is due to begin international box office rollout on Wednesday this week, but it will not be heading to movie theaters in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, … I thought the murdering prince was opening up Saudi Arabia? While an official reason has not been made public, the situation is believed to be related to the character called Anybodys Disney opted not to make the edits requested for WestSideStory's release, Deadline understands This is sad tbh. These Middle Eastern countries have been screwing Disney fans over this year. They refused to have the original version of Eternals show and now not playing West Side Story at all. This may hurt it's box office.

‘West Side Story’ Reportedly Banned In Six Gulf Countries Because Of Transgender CharacterReports say Disney refused to cut scenes involving a transgender character. In case anyones wondering, the lead actress pictured here isn’t the subject of this article. Saved you a click.

Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Will Not Play In Saudi Arabia, UAE & Other Parts Of Middle EastDisney/20th Century Studios’ West Side Story is due to begin international box office rollout on Wednesday this week, but it will not be heading to movie theaters in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, … I thought the murdering prince was opening up Saudi Arabia? While an official reason has not been made public, the situation is believed to be related to the character called Anybodys Disney opted not to make the edits requested for WestSideStory's release, Deadline understands This is sad tbh. These Middle Eastern countries have been screwing Disney fans over this year. They refused to have the original version of Eternals show and now not playing West Side Story at all. This may hurt it's box office.

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