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After Kuwait and Lebanon, Algeria Also Bans the Barbie Movie

The Algerian authorities took a decisive step by issuing a ban on the movie “Barbie,” which had previously been screened at select cinemas within the country over the past few weeks. According to the local news site 24H Algérie, this decision was made on Monday.

Citing concerns, the official source stated that the film was deemed to be promoting elements such as homosexuality and other Western values that are perceived as deviating from Algeria’s religious and cultural principles. Consequently, the film was found to be in contradiction with the deeply-held beliefs of the nation.

The movie, featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, has crossed the $1 billion mark in global box office earnings.  The movie includes from sexual innuendos to homosexuality, and transgenderism, the movie becomes a mouthpiece for feminist propaganda, presenting a narrative where Barbie rebels against a male-dominated society. In this portrayal, men are depicted as ridiculous and obsessed with Barbie, yet she rejects their advances. The film follows Barbie and Ken’s journey from Barbie Land to a patriarchal, male-dominated real world, where men are in control of everything. Ken returns to transform Barbie Land into a male-dominated kingdom, while Barbie organizes the female Barbies to challenge this structure. Barbie eventually triumphs by isolating and dominating men in Barbie Land.

At the heart of the movie’s narrative is that, men are obsessed-dependent on women, stupid, unintelligent, oppressive, and everything that can be considered deplorable, while women are intelligent, independent, and everything good in this world. The movie tries to show that a world free from patriarchal norms is a world led by women. This concept is depicted with a preference for women assuming leadership independently, without men. It highlights men as the supposed enemy of women and implies that to empower women, it’s essential to break down traditional social norms, institutions, and gender roles.

Notably, the prohibition on the film is not exclusive to Algeria. Similar actions have been taken by Lebanon and Kuwait, both of which have also enforced a ban on the movie.

The screening content of films within Algerian cinemas falls under the jurisdiction of the Culture Ministry, granting it the authority to prevent the exhibition of movies that do not align with the nation’s standards.

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