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Barbie’ Release Postponed in Middle East as Potential Ban Looms in Saudi Arabia and More Territories

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The highly anticipated live-action movie ‘Barbie’, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has been delayed in several Middle Eastern countries due to censorship issues. The film, which was scheduled to hit theaters on July 21, 2023, has been pushed back indefinitely as authorities review its content for possible violations of cultural and religious norms.

The movie, directed by Greta Gerwig and written by Noah Baumbach, follows the adventures of Barbie (Robbie) and Ken (Gosling) as they leave their plastic world and explore the human one. The film has been praised by critics for its witty and subversive take on the iconic doll franchise but also faced backlash from some conservative groups who claim that it promotes Western values and feminism.

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