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Doctor Strange 2: Disney Rejects Saudi Arabia’s Demand To Cut 12-Second Scene With LGBTQ Reference


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Earlier
this
month,
reports
revealed
that
Doctor
Strange
in
the
Multiverse
of
Madness
has
been
banned
in
Saudi
Arabia
due
to
an
LGBTQA
character
reference.
While
the
reports
are
part
true,
an
official
from
the
Middle-Eastern
nation
has
clarified
that
they
are
still
trying
to
negotiate
with
the
film’s
production
house,
Disney.

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2
Trailer
To
Release
With
Benedict
Cumberbatch’s
Doctor
Strange
In
The
Multiverse
of
Madness:
Report

According
to
reports,
Saudi
Arabia
officials
wanted
Disney
to
cut
a
scene
with
same-sex
relationship
references,
however,
the
makers
have
refused
to
remove
the
12
seconds
scene
from
the
film.
The
film
isn’t
officially
banned
yet
as
talks
are
still
underway.
Doctor
Strange
2
is
scheduled
to
release
on
May
6
worldwide.

Reports
revealed
that
the
scene
will
see
America
Chavez
(played
by
Xochitl
Gomez)
talking
about
her
“two
moms”.
The
Guardian
shared
Saudi
Arabia’s
general
supervisor
of
cinema
classification’s
official,
Nawaf
Alsabhan’s
reason
behind
the
hesitation
about
the
scene.

Nawaf
Alsabhan
explained,
“It’s
just
her
talking
about
her
moms,
because
she
has
two
moms.
And
being
in
the
Middle
East,
it’s
very
tough
to
pass
something
like
this.
We
sent
it
to
the
distributor,
and
the
distributor
sent
it
to
Disney,
and
Disney
has
told
us
they
are
not
willing.”

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After Eternals, Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness Banned In Saudi ArabiaAfter
Eternals,
Doctor
Strange
In
The
Multiverse
of
Madness
Banned
In
Saudi
Arabia

The
official
refuted
the
reports
that
the
film
has
been
banned,
he
told
AFP,
“It
will
never
be
banned.
There’s
no
reason
to
ban
the
film.
It’s
a
simple
edit…so
far
they
have
refused.
But
we
haven’t
closed
the
door.
We’re
still
trying.”

Directed
by
Sam
Raimi,
Doctor
Strange
in
the
Multiverse
of
Madness
stars
Benedict
Cumberbatch
and
Elizabeth
Olsen
in
leading
roles.
The
film
will
take
place
in
continuation
to
Spider-Man:
No
Way
Home,
dealing
with
variants
and
multiverse.
The
film
is
expected
to
be
filled
with
cameos
from
other
Marvel
and
Sony
franchises.

Story first published: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 10:57 [IST]

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