Entertainment Desk: Hollywood blockbuster movie ‘Barbie’ has been banned in the North African country of Algeria.
Three weeks after its release, the country’s Ministry of Culture ordered the owners to remove it immediately.
An official related to the matter said, the movie promotes homosexuality which is not compatible with the religious and cultural values of Algeria.
It is known that the cinema halls of Algeria’s three largest cities, Algiers, Oran and Constantine, were crowded to see ‘Barbie’.
As a result, Algeria banned the film citing ‘moral degradation’. But every day since the release of the movie, all the tickets have been sold in the halls.
The social values promoted in the movie have been criticized from the Arab world. Last week, the Kuwaiti government banned the movie ‘Barbie’ in that country.
‘Barbie’ stars Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie. It features a ‘coming-of-age’ story about Barbie, depicting her introduction and journey into the real world.
The movie ‘Barbie’ was directed by Greta Gerwig. Leaders of many countries, including the UK and Spain, praised the movie. The movie has grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office since its release. Sources: BBC, Reuters