Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s movie Barbie has already painted the world in pink. The fantasy drama is running its spectacular theatrical run around the world. Academy Award-nominated director Greta Gerwig has created history with the Mattel and Warner Bros-backed movie as it has officially entered the billion-dollar club.

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Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Barbie

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Despite all the positives Margot Robbie’s Barbie has had its fair share of criticism and trolling online. Above everything, reportedly Barbie has been banned from a few prominent countries due to its content.

Margot Robbie’s Barbie Gets Banned In Lebanon And Kuwait

As Barbie has taken over every mall, shopping mall, and the reputed search engine Google too, there is no doubt that Margot Robbie’s movie has already paved its way to become one of the biggest blockbusters of 2023 as of now. However, the movie has been banned in a few countries around the world due to its Homosexuality content. According to the media outlet Far Out, Barbie is supposed to be banned in Lebanon and Kuwait has confirmed that no screening would be held for the Margot Robbie movie due to its portrayal of homosexuality.

The culture minister of Lebanon, Mohammad Mortada mentioned the screening of the movie on August 9, 2023. He stated that the movie happens to “promote homosexuality and sexual transformation” and “contradicts values of faith and morality.

“The film goes against moral and religious values in Lebanon, as it encourages perversity and gender transformation while calling for the rejection of patriarchy and ridiculizing the role of mothers”. 

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Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie as Ken and Barbie

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With respect to the statement given by the reputed minister of Lebanon, the Reuters news agency even mentioned-

“Based on Mortada’s move, Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi, in turn, asked General Security’s censorship committee, which falls under the interior ministry and is traditionally responsible for censorship decisions, to review the film and give its recommendation”. 

Barbie is already a commercial and critical success in Hollywood, leaving behind Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Initially, the Margot Robbie movie was supposed to be released on July 19, 2023, in the middle east, but due to its LGBTQ connection, the release has been postponed to the end of August.

Margot Robbie On How She Landed The Role Of Barbie In Greta Gerwig’s Movie

During an interview with the media outlet Collider, Margot Robbie spoke about Barbie and even revealed that she did not go through the audition process for the fantasy drama. The Australian actor was the co-producer of Barbie too. Sher confessed-

“I didn’t want whoever our director was going to be – Greta being the first choice, but if she had said no – I didn’t want our director to feel pressured to put me in the role. So I was really upfront about like, ‘I won’t be offended in the slightest. We could go to anyone. Whatever story you want to tell and whoever you want that to be, I support that. I’ve got skin in the game as a producer, I don’t have skin in the game as an actor, so be free with that choice.'”

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Margot Robbie as Barbie

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The Wolf Of The Wall Street actor was all praises for Greta Gerwig and said-

“If I may add to that when I make my list of dream directors I want to work with, I don’t divide it into dream lady directors and dream dude directors. It’s like, “Who are my top 5 dream directors?” And Greta’s on that list because she is just an incredible dream director. She is an auteur. She is gonna be the [Stanley] Kubrick of our generation, or whoever she wants to be. She’s gonna be her own thing. It’s not even about female director or not, she just is one of the greats of our generation.”

Before collaborating with Greta Gerwig for Barbie, Margot Robbie had already worked with reputed female directors like  Josie Rourke in Mary Queen of Scots and Cathy Yan for Birds of Prey. According to the actor, amidst multiple Barbies onboard, Gal Gadot was also one of their choices for the portrayal of the Mattel doll.

Barbie is currently running in the theatres.



Source: Far Out

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