By Riches Soberekon
Algeria’s media has reported that the movie “Barbie” has faced a ban in the country.
The decision was made after the film had been screening in some cinemas across the country for several weeks.
Local 24H Algerie news site quoted an official source who expressed concerns about the movie promoting “homosexuality and other Western deviances.” The source mentioned that these themes were not in line with Algeria’s religious and cultural beliefs, leading to the decision to ban the film.
“Barbie” features popular actors Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling portraying the iconic characters of Barbie and Ken. The storyline involves Barbie’s adventures in the real world. Since its release on July 21, the movie has seen significant success, surpassing $1 billion in box office ticket sales worldwide.
It’s worth noting that Algeria is not the only country to ban the film. Lebanon and Kuwait have also made the decision to prohibit its screening within their territories.
In Algeria, the Culture Ministry holds the authority to regulate and oversee the content of films shown in cinemas. This includes the ability to prohibit the exhibition of certain movies, as was the case with “Barbie.”