Algeria has become the latest country to ban the “Barbie” film, joining a number of Middle Eastern countries that have stopped the film from being shown in cinemas.
For nearly an entire month, Barbie has been showing at cinemas across the country. However, on the 14th August, Algerian officials banned the film, the BBC reports.
The Culture Ministry has called on cinemas to immediately withdraw the blockbuster from its screens, claiming that the film “promotes homosexuality and is not compliant with Algeria’s cultural and religious beliefs”, an official source told Reuters.
Kuwait, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have also already banned the movie.
Since its release, the film has grossed over $1bn worldwide at the box office.