Gulf states ask Netflix to remove content that contradicts 'Islamic and societal values'

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'Jurassic World' spin-off series 'Camp Cretaceous' is coming to Netflix in 2020. (Credit: Netflix)
A scene from Jurassic World spin-off series Camp Cretaceous. (Netflix)

Some Gulf states have reportedly threatened legal action over content on Netflix that they consider to be offensive.

A special committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council has apparently asked the streaming service to remove material that violates "Islamic and societal values and principles".

It didn’t clarify which films or shows were being referred to although it’s thought some content directed at children was included.

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One news report is said to have mentioned content with scenes “promoting” homosexuality, which is still officially illegal in many parts of the Middle East. And another segment highlighted animated show Camp Cretaceous, which sees two female characters kissing.

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (L to R) Kausar Mohammed as Yaz, Raini Rodriquez as Sammy, Jenna Ortega as Brooklynn and Paul-Mikel Williams as Darius. (Netflix)
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous characters (L to R) Kausar Mohammed as Yaz, Raini Rodriquez as Sammy, Jenna Ortega as Brooklynn and Paul-Mikel Williams as Darius. (Netflix)

Reports said authorities would follow up on compliance with the directives, and "in the event that the infringing content continues to be broadcast, the necessary legal measures will be taken".

Esra Assery, CEO at the Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM), told Arab News: “All legal measures will be taken to protect the Kingdom’s sovereignty, citizens and residents from any intellectual attack aimed at affecting its societies, values, safety of upbringing their generations and protecting them from harmful content."

Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans) and Alisha Hawthorne (voice of Uzo Aduba) in Lightyear.(Disney/Pixar)
Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans) and Alisha Hawthorne (voice of Uzo Aduba) in Lightyear.(Disney/Pixar)

Over the years many films have been barred from release in certain countries over content.

Earlier this year, Lightyear was banned from cinemas in the United Arab Emirates, over "its violation of the country’s media content standards".

A specific reason wasn't given at the time but the movie about Buzz Lightyear did feature a same-sex kiss.

Marvel Studios' Eternals is in cinemas November 2021 (Disney)
Bryan Tyree Henry's Eternals character is in a same-sex relationship in the Marvel Studios' movie. (Disney)

Last year it was reported that Marvel movie Eternals was being pulled from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.

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And sources suggested it was because the film included a same-sex couple — Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and his partner Ben (Haaz Sleiman) — and the fact that they shared a kiss in one scene.

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