Gulf Arab countries have asked Netflix to remove “offensive content” in the apparent targeting of programs featuring gays and lesbians, saying they are “contrary to Islamic and societal values and principles.”
The streaming service was warned that if he continued to broadcast the content, “necessary legal action will be taken”.
The joint statement, issued on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council committee, did not specify the content, but mentioned that programs aimed at children were included.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also issued a statement through their governments.
Together with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, they make up the Council of Six Nations.
The UAE added that it would monitor what the platform broadcasts in the coming days and “assess its commitment to controlling broadcasting” in the country.
Saudi state television also aired a video of an interview it conducted with a woman described as a “behavioral consultant” who called Netflix “an official sponsor of homosexuality.”
At the same time, footage from the cartoon “Jurassic World: Camp Chalk” was shown, in which two women were kissing, although the footage was blurred.
Saudi Arabia’s state television also aired a segment suggesting that Netflix may be banned in the kingdom because of its content targeting children.
Earlier this year, the UAE and other Muslim countries banned Walt Disney-Pixar’s animated movie Lighter from theaters because it featured characters in same-sex relationships.
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Many Muslims consider gays and lesbians to be sinful. In some parts of the Arab world, members of the LGBTQ community have been arrested and sentenced to prison terms.
Some countries even retain the death penalty.