West Side Story is a 2021 US crime romance by Steven Spielberg
Starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose
Steven Spielberg's latest movie West Side Story to be released later in the month has been banned in
several Middle Eastern countries. The musical has been banned in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait.
An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story
explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
The film was banned because of Disney's refusal to comply with cuts requested by censors. The film is
rumoured to contain same-sex scenes. Also Disney the portrayal of a transgender character played by a non-binary actor Iris Menas seem to have offended the censors.
Perhaps the most likely scenes for cuts is described by the BBFC:
There are scenes of racist behaviour, including use of the terms spic and coloured. In another scene teenagers mock and misgender a person who is implied to be a trans man, and one of the bullies brags about pantsing him and seeing
his genitals. Further discriminatory language includes polack and pansy.