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MARVEL'S Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Banned in Saudi Arabia Due to Gay Content

MARVEL’S Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Banned in Saudi Arabia Due to Gay Content

Well lesbian content. But lets not quibble.

Via IndieWire:

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Sam Raimi’s sequel “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will not be released in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, or Qatar due to a new character being gay. Homosexuality is officially illegal across the Gulf, and films that feature LGBTQ+ themes or characters are often censored.. The “Doctor Strange 2” character in question is America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), who is a lesbian in the film and the Marvel comics.

Marvel’s “Eternals” was previously banned across the Gulf nations in November 2021 after showcasing Marvel’s first gay superhero and including a same-sex couple. Disney’s “West Side Story” was dropped from release in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait in January over the character Anybodys, written as transgender in the film and played by nonbinary actor Iris Menas.

And Marvel/Disney is not alone. Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.” recently underwent editing for it’s distribution in China. The scene included two lines of dialogue between Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) confirming their past relationship and citing when they “fell in love” years prior. But expect calls from the Middle East in the near future for the same.

Angelina Jolie Slams “Ignorant” Middle East Countries Over ‘Eternals’ Banned Gay Kiss - Marvel/Disney Pulls Film

Angelina Jolie Slams “Ignorant” Middle East Countries Over ‘Eternals’ Banned Gay Kiss – Marvel/Disney Pulls Film

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Marvel’s new action/superhero movies “Externals” WILL NOT be released in the countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar after they complained and demanded that a same-sex kiss scene be removed. In turn Disney/Marvel pulled the release of the movie from these mostly Muslim middle east countries.

Speaking to news.com.au, Angelina Jolie, as longtime LGBT ally who plays Thena in Eternals, said:

I’m sad for [those audiences]. And I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut those scenes out. “I still don’t understand how we live in a world today where there’s still [people who] would not see the family Phastos has and the beauty of that relationship and that love. How anybody is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve or appreciate it is ignorant.”

Eternals director Chloe Zhao had discussions with Marvel to not make any cuts to the movie in countries that might feign “offense”. Speaking to IndieWire, Zhao said: “I don’t know all the details, but I do believe discussions were had and there’s a big desire for Marvel and myself – we talked about this – to not change the cut of the movie.

The film was given an M18 rating in Singapore, restricting it to audiences of 18-year-old and above. Though the “Deadpool” films also received M18 certificates, “Eternals” is the first title from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be classified at this level, after previous instalments were rated PG  or PG13.+

Homosexuality is illegal across much of the region and is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Iraqi Actor and Facebook Personality Murdered For “Being Gay”

Iraqi actor and Facebook personality Karar Noshi has reportedly been kidnapped and murdered in Baghdad for being gay.

“Security forces and witnesses”  reported on Monday that Noshi’s body was found in central Baghdad following his kidnapping, although there was no official confirmation. Statements also claim that there was “evidence he had been tortured and viciously stabbed”.

Karar Noshi was a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts who worked in theater.

His family received the body of their son after he was found dead on Palestine Street (in central Baghdad).

One Iraqi social media page suggested he had been targeted for the way he looked/

Noshi was a young Iraqi graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts who works in theater.

His family received the body of their son Karar a short while ago after he was found dead on Palestine Street (in central Baghdad).

US-based Iraqi rights activist Faisal Al Mutar wrote on Facebook that Noshi had been killed after being “accused of being gay”.

Al Mutar later wrote that “Shia extremists” were behind the killing, perhaps referring to Iraq’s powerful socially conservative Shia militias. The armed groups have also been accused of kidnapping secular activists in recent months.

Anti-Gay Hate Crime Convicted British Jihadist ‘blows himself up in ISIS suicide mission in Iraq’

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The Daily Mail is reporting that British man convicted of anti-gay hate crimes and then left England to become a radical jihadist with ISIS in Syria has ‘blown himself up in an ISIS suicide mission’ in Iraq, according to reports on social media.

Kabir Ahmed, 30, is understood to have killed a prominent Shia leader in the blast in the northern Iraqi city of Baiji yesterday. The married father-of-one, known as Abu Sumayah al-Britani, was twice convicted of gay hate crimes in Derby.

In February 2012, Ahmed became one of the first citizens in the UK to be given a 15-month sentence for distributing homophobic leaflets.

Ahmed was also part of a 30-strong mob of Muslim protesters who carried anti-homosexual placards during the Derby’s Gay Pride parade in August 2011.

The hate-filled placards had slogans saying: ‘Homosexuality = A crime against God.’

The protesters also reportedly told spectators that ‘gays will go to hell’ and that ‘we hope you die of AIDS.’

Ahmed was eventually found guilty of being part of a group of five Muslims who handed out leaflets depicting a mannequin being hung by a noose, calling on homosexuals to be given the death penalty.

The leaflets claimed that ‘Allah permits the destruction’ of gay people and that ‘the only question is how it should be carried out.’

Another leaflet, entitled ‘Turn or Burn’, called homosexuality ‘the root of all problems’ and showed a figure burning in a lake of fire.

In court, Ahmed commented that he thought gay people should be ‘shunned’ from society and ‘if we don’t stop it something like a tsunami will happen here, something on that scale.’

Ahmeds presence in Syria came to light  after an interview with the BBC, when he claimed ‘everyone’s got their name on the (suicide bombing mission) list and everyone is asking the Emir (leader) to push their name up. Everyone wants to fight for the sake of Allah.’

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We are aware of reports of the death of a British national in Iraq and are looking into them.’


Gay Man Convicted Of Sodomy And Executed In Iran’s Marvdasht, Fars Province

Reports via The Jerusalem Post are stating that a gay man was sentenced and hung last week for committing the crime of “sodomy” with another man in Iran.

According to JP via Pink News Iran’s judiciary imposed the death penalty on a man only identified as Ch. M. in  Marvdasht, Fars province, on April 19 “for allegedly engaging in ‘sodomy’ with  another man

Gholamhossein Chamansara, the attorney-general of Marvdasht, told  the government-controlled Iranian Fars News Agency that a man (Ch. M.)  was sentenced to death because of his “despicable/heinous act that contradicted  Shari’a Muslim laws.”

The Iranian Human Rights  Activists News Agency (HRAN) stated that the reference to ‘despicable/ heinous  act’ indicates that the death penalty was carried due to same-sex acts. However  the judiciary regulatory office in Fars Province was unwilling to give more  precise information about the case and the type of sexual activities of the  executed man.

The British Guardian earlier this month translated remarks from Grand Ayatollah Abdollah  Javadi-Amoli, who said, “Even animals… dogs and pigs don’t engage in this  disgusting act [homosexuality], but yet they [Western politicians] pass laws in  favor of them in their parliaments.”

In an interview last week with the Die Welt am Sonntag,  Prime Minister of Israel Binyamin Netanyahu commented on Iran’s human rights  record.  “After all they stone women, they hang gays – this is a backward,  dark medieval regime that imposes its tyranny on its own people. Shoots them on  the sidewalk, goes into their homes, culls the Internet, takes people away at  night,” he said.

LGBT human rights activists have been loudly critical in recent months of the  Human Rights Watch for failing to focus on the rise of  persecution of gays in the Islamic Republic and elsewhere in more “civilized” sections of the Middle East like Saudia Arabia, Jordan, and Eqypt where homosexuality is punished by long prison terms and possibly death.