Disney refuses to cut LGBTI scene in new Marvel movie

Saudi Arabia has asked Disney to remove “gay references” from the movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” before the film is released in Saudi Arabia. According to various sources, Disney refuses to cut the film.

Marvel’s last descendant will appear in theaters next week, but it remains uncertain if the movie will also be shown in Saudi Arabia. There have been conflicting reports about the film over the past week. according to The Hollywood Reporter The film is said to have been banned in the country due to the LGBTI reference. Watchman It was reported that the movie will be shown in theaters.



The Middle Eastern country is insulted when 12 seconds pass in the film, with a lesbian character referring to her “mother.” Homosexuality is a serious crime in Saudi Arabia. The country is known for its strict interpretation of Islamic law, which is also the basis of its legal system.

“She only talks about her mothers because she has two,” said Nawaf Al-Sabhan, the general supervisor of film ratings in Saudi Arabia. “And because she lives in the Middle East, it is very difficult to pass on something like this. We sent this comment to the distributor, and the distributor in turn sent it to Disney.” In the end, Disney responded that they were not ready to cut the film.

Al-Sabhan told AFP that the film would not be banned in Saudi Arabia. The movie will never be banned. “It’s a simple montage,” he said. They have refused so far. But we haven’t closed the door yet. We are still trying.

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Not the first time

This isn’t the first time a Marvel movie has run into trouble with Saudi regulators. In November, The Eternals, which depicts a gay couple, led to requests from Saudi Arabia, among others, for an adaptation of the film. Disney refused to make alterations, so the film could not be seen in cinemas.

Saudi Arabia lifted a decades-old ban on all cinemas in late 2017, as part of a series of social reforms under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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