Angelina Jolie has made a statement in solidarity with Marvel, who refused to remove a gay character from The Eternals for Middle Eastern audiences. The company will certainly lose money due to their moral stand. The film has been banned in theaters in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait.
Censors from those nations requested big changes from Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jolie expressed her satisfaction while speaking to a press junket in Australia. Angelina says that love is love.
“I’m sad for [those audiences]. And I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut those scenes out.
I still don’t understand how we live in a world today where there’s still [people who] would not see the family Phastos has and the beauty of that relationship and that love. How anybody is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve or appreciate it is ignorant.”
The studio did plan for a kickback of the film by Gulf censors. Homosexuality is officially illegal in these countries. Disney faced a similar situation with last year’s Pixar film Onward, which contained one single line referencing a lesbian relationship. The film is still on track for release in the United Arab Emirates.
The Eternals is now playing in theaters in North America. The MCU flick also features Kit Harington as Black Knight and Salma Hayek as Ajak. Combined, the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have grossed nearly $23 billion dollars worldwide.
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