Gulf Arab countries on Tuesday asked Netflix to remove “offensive content” on the streaming service, apparently targeting programs that show gays and lesbians
A joint statement issued on behalf of a committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council made the request
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates each published the statement via their respective governments as well
They, along with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, make up the six-nation council
Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday
The move comes after countries in the Muslim world in June banned the public showing of Disney’s latest animated film “Lightyear” over a brief moment showing two lesbian characters kissing
After that, the company’s Disney+ streaming service said its “content available should align with local regulatory requirements” in Gulf Arab countries.
Many Muslims consider gays and lesbians to be sinful