Eleven countries have banned an episode of a new Apple TV Plus series, Little America , that focuses on a gay immigrant from Syria.
The episode released Friday internationally but 10 Arabic nations and Russia are preventing it from being
screened in their countries.
The episode, The Son, centers on Rafiq (Haaz Sleiman) as he applies for asylum in the United States after facing violence and family rejection for his sexuality.
The episode was filmed in Canada rather than the US due
to the casting of Syrian actors.
In response to the news of Little America s censorship, writer Amrou Al-Kadhi, a drag performer from Iraq, expressed a renewed commitment toward telling stories that reflect these experiences. "We will
prevail," he told Pink News.
The First Temptation of Christ (A Primeira Tentação de Cristo) is a 2019 Brazil comedy short film by Rodrigo Van Der Put. Starring Evelyn Castro, Gregório Duvivier and Fábio Porchat.
Jesus, who's hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family.
A judge in Brazil has ruled that a film depicting Jesus as gay must be removed from the TV streaming service Netflix.
The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated some Christians in the country.Two million people signed a petition calling for it to be banned, and the production company was attacked with Molotov cocktails last month.
In the ruling against
Netflix, the judge said: The right to freedom of expression... is not absolute.
The ban is a temporary injunction whilst a final decision is made by a higher court.
Brazil's Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that TV streaming service Netflix must remove a film depicting
Jesus as gay.
The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country. But Supreme Court president Dias Toffoli said on Thursday that Netflix should be allowed to continue streaming the show, stating that freedom of
speech was fundamental in a democracy. The judge said:
One cannot suppose that a humorous satire has the ability to weaken the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than two thousand years,
and which is the belief of the majority of Brazilian citizens.
Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is a 2019 USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by JJ Abrams. Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and Billie Lourd.
The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.
Hollywood's campaign to promote diversity resulted in a gay kiss being included in the latest
Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker. This is the franchise's first same-sex kiss.
But the importance of this galactic first hasn't struck a chord in the Middle East. According to several people speaking to The Hollywood Reporter who have seen
the latest Star Wars at cinemas in Dubai, the scene featuring the kiss had been removed from their screening.
Given that the United Arab Emirates is largely more tolerant than its neighbours when it comes to film censorship and Dubai's status as the
regional hub for the entertainment industry, it is thought that this cut will be replicated across the Middle East.
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that the Chinese films censors left the kiss intact for Chinese audiences.
Disney has cut a brief scene of two women kissing in the Singaporean version of its latest Star Wars film. The scene was described by reviewers as a brief flash of two women kissing... among a crowd of characters.
But the version released in Singapore
omits the scene. Singapore's film censors told the BBC that Disney cut the scene so it didn't get a higher age rating.
The applicant has omitted a brief scene which under the film classification guidelines would require a higher rating, said a
spokesperson from IMDA.
Without the kiss, the film is rated PG13 in Singapore.