Gulf countries warn Netflix on content

Netflix has been threatened with legal action by a group of Gulf countries, if it continues to stream content that is a contradiction to Islam. In a programme in the Al Ekhbariya TV, the issue was discussed, playing the blurred clips from the animated show Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, showing two girls in a relationship.The channel also held an interview with a family and educational adviser according to whom the country was facing a censorship crisis and that offensive content was entering in the homes. According to a statement by the General Commission of Audiovisual media, the content was a violation of the media regulations existing in the Gulf Cooperation. A joint statement was issued by the six member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Saudi media regulator.Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates constitute the Gulf Cooperation Council. The regional authorities have issued a statement, mentioning that it would keep an eye out for what Netflix is showing in the upcoming days, and evaluate its commitment to adhering to regulations in the country.Previously this year, the Walt Disney Pixar’s animated feature film Lightyear was banned by the UAE and other Gulf countries, as it showcased characters who were in same-sex relationship. There has been past disagreements with US film distributors over content especially in films, associated with sexual minorities. Though the UAE is considered as relatively a liberal country in the Gulf region, films displaying adult content are edited or cut commonly.Earlier, Saudi Arabia has asked Disney to remove LGBTQ references in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Marvel superhero film. However, Disney did not obey and the film was not screened there. Saudi officials were also seen seizing rainbow-coloured toys and clothing from shops, as a measure of clampdown on homosexuality.