Kuwait’s Information Ministry has banned the western feminist propaganda movie Barbie in order to protect “public ethics and traditions,” state media said today.
Lafi al-Subaie, head of the Ministry’s film censorship committee, said the movie, which has topped $1 billion at the global box office, promulgates “ideas and beliefs that are alien to the Kuwaiti society and public order,” according to the official KUNA news agency.
The move came after Lebanon’s Culture Minister Mohammad Mortada called to “take all necessary measures to ban showing” Barbie in the country as it “promotes homosexuality and transsexuality.”
Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, it has become the first film by a solo female director to surpass the billion-dollar benchmark.
The film was also banned in Vietnam over a scene allegedly showing China’s claimed territory in the contested South China Sea.
Writing for 5Pillars, Shabnam Kulsoom went to see the Barbie movie and said the “feminist, sexualised fitna is very real… seeking to corrupt young girls and belittle men.”
She said: “As parents, our primary responsibility towards our children is to protect them from all types of harm and indeed haram to the best of our ability. Take away all the candyfloss, glitter and sparkly fun of this film and you are left with a message that seeks only to ruin a generation of women and reduce men in their value.
“As Muslims guided by Allah SWT and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), we have been given our roles specific to our genders. We have been told what it means to be a person of beauty, good character, high value, and what is the correct and only valid relationship between a man and a woman in the sight of the Almighty.
“Let us not allow anyone else to set morality and standards for us, least of all the feminists and multi-millionaire liberal movie-makers with agendas.”