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Gulf states move to censure Netflix in latest LGBT+ plotline controversy

gay and lesbian content.The statement from the six Arab countries did not specify which shows they were referring to, but there have been some clues.A ‘behavioural consultant’ on state TV in Saudi Arabia described Netflix as the “official sponsor of homosexuality.” The claim was played alongside a blurred out clip of two female characters from Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous kissing.The same moment in the show attracted complaints in Hungary, which recently brought in legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality.Saudi state television also aired a segment suggesting Netflix could be banned over programming reaching children.Earlier this year, Muslim majority countries moved to ban the release of the Pixar prequel Lightyear which featured a lesbian plotline.The Toy Story spin-off was banned in Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UAE. In this case, the scene showed a lesbian space ranger, Alisha, kissing her partner on returning home from a mission.At the time, it was stated that backlash was expected and Disney did attempt to remove the scene.

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