Arab nations ban Marvel’s Eternals as Disney refuse to cut gay content

Arab nations ban Marvel’s Eternals as Disney refuse to cut gay content
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Oh dear, mere days after trolls took to social media to review bomb Marvel’s Eternals for being too woke for daring to show a gay kiss, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait have flat out banned the whole movie when Disney decided not to ban the scenes in question.

In a rare case of putting LGBTQ+ representation over profit, Disney’s latest moneymaking blockbuster will not be released in the aforementioned territories.

The Hollywood Reporter says that certain edits that removed the gay kiss and depictions of the relationship between husbands Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and Jack (Haaz Sleiman) were denied by Disney at the behest of the movie’s director Chloe Zhao. 

Zhao said of the controversy: “I don’t know all the details but I do believe discussions were had and there’s a big desire from Marvel and myself – we talked about this – to not change the cut of the movie. Fingers crossed. To position that family in that specific situation and to have that moment feel authentic and real… The audience has to feel that to care. Otherwise, there’s no point in putting that on-screen because they don’t feel it.”

At the end of the day, this is the first time there has been any significant queer representation in an MCU movie so the fact that some countries won’t be able to see it is not just their loss, but another step away from the rest of the world where we don’t just exist, but are superheroes as well. 

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