Algeria has imposed a ban on the movie “Barbie,” which had been screened in certain cinemas within the country for a few weeks. This decision was confirmed by an official source and reported by the local news outlet 24H Algerie on Monday.
The official source stated that the film was prohibited due to its alleged promotion of homosexuality and other Western behaviors considered as deviant. Additionally, it was noted that the movie’s content was found to be incongruent with Algeria’s religious and cultural values.
Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, the movie sends Mattel Inc’s doll on an adventure into the real world. The film has topped $1 billion in box office ticket sales worldwide since its July 21 debut.
Kuwait has also banned the film.
Algeria’s Culture Ministry supervises the contents of films projected in cinemas and can stop them being shown.