Spielberg’s West Side Story banned in several Middle Eastern countries

The new adaptation of the musical will not be on view in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.

Dated for December 8 in France, the adaptation of the mythical West Side Story signed Spielberg and produced by Disney and 20th Century Fox will not see the light of day in many Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates (via Variety).

Indeed, many censor countries refused the film after Disney refused to comply with their demands. Other countries will not distribute the film simply because it did not receive a release certificate.

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Regarding censorship, it affects the character Anybodys, a transgender character played by non-binary actor Iris Menas. Films containing LGBTQ references are regularly the target of censorship in the Middle East, as well as in China. We can for example cite the new Marvel The Eternals, banned in the same region because of a homosexual couple in the film.

West Side Story However, it will be released in France, and this new adaptation, 60 years after the original film, is carried by Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort in the roles of Maria and Tony. Their new romance feeds into the plot the rivalry between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The casting is completed by Ariana DeBose (Anita), David alvarez (Bernardo) and Mike faist (Riff). The actress Rita moreno, who won an Oscar for playing Anita in the 1961 adaptation, will be in this new production as Valentina.

His trailer:

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