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Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie' film sparks controversy and draws criticism

L'ÉPOQUE USA - The movie "Barbie", released in mid-July, made headlines and even sparked controversy, especially in some Arab countries, where its theatrical release was postponed, while in Algeria it was shown at the Ibn Khaldoun Hall.

08.08.2023 © L'ÉPOQUE USA

By Nereides Antonio Giamundo de Bourbon

L'ÉPOQUE USA © Barbie - The Movie
L'ÉPOQUE USA © Barbie - The Movie

The film, directed by American Greta Gerwig, was a success. In just a few weeks, it made the best start of the year and the best start ever by an actress.

In some Arab countries, you will have to wait a little longer to see Barbie in theaters. In Saudi Arabia, the Audiovisual Regulatory Authority has decided to postpone the film's theatrical release until August 31.

The film has sparked controversy on social media. Scenes intended for adult audiences and references to homosexuality were denounced by Internet users. On Twitter, the hashtag “Barbie is destroying our society” was launched.

L'ÉPOQUE USA © Barbie - The Movie
L'ÉPOQUE USA © Barbie - The Movie

Following rumors of a complete ban on the film in Saudi Arabia, the audiovisual authority there has denied it. The authority in question has asked the film's crew for edits before its release. In light of the production's rejection, Saudi authorities are negotiating with the local distributor to make the requested changes. The film's release in several other Arab countries is subject to the same conditions.


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