Gulf Arab nations ask Netflix to remove ‘offensive’ videos
The Gulf Arab nations requested that Netflix take down "offensive content" on Tuesday, ostensibly referring to shows that feature homosexual and lesbian characters.
The request was made in a statement that was released jointly on behalf of a committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which said the unnamed initiatives "contradict Islamic and social values and principles."
The statement was also made public by the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. They are part of the six-nation council, along with Bahrain
Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar. A woman labelled as a "behavioural expert" was interviewed by Saudi state television, and although the statement made no mention of it,
she said that Netflix was an "official sponsor of homosexuality" in the interview. It simultaneously broadcast fuzzy video from the animated film "Jurassic World
Camp Cretaceous," in which two women kiss. Additionally, a broadcast on Saudi official media suggested that Netflix would be outlawed in the country due to concerns about its children's programming.
Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California, did not reply to calls for comment on Tuesday. The action follows the June ban on public screenings of Disney's most recent animated film
"Lightyear," in Muslim-majority nations due to a brief scene that featured two homosexual characters kissing
The company's Disney+ streaming service then stated that in Gulf Arab nations, its "material accessible should fit with local regulatory standards."