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Barbie has been barred from Algerian theatres for ‘corrupting morals’.

The culture ministry has ordered that the Hollywood blockbuster be removed from theaters immediately.

According to an official source, the film advocated homosexuality and violated Algerian religious and cultural convictions.

According to the 24H Algérie news website, cinemas in Algiers, Oran, and Constantine have been filled.

The video was formally prohibited for “damaging morals,” according to the privately owned news website, which added that viewings had sold out every day since its premiere.

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The film’s social principles have been criticized across the Arab East, with Kuwait banning Barbie last week to safeguard “public ethics.”

The film, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, is a coming-of-age narrative based on the children’s toy, in which Barbie travels to the real world to discover her identity.

Around the time of the film’s release, director Greta Gerwig told the New York Times that it was meant to be “funny,” and that her desire was for society to “let go of the things that aren’t necessarily serving us as either women or men.”

Barbie has gotten a warm welcome from politicians in various nations, including the United Kingdom and Spain, where British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the Spanish royal family were photographed attending screenings.

Since its release, the film has earned more than $1 billion (£786 million) globally.


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