A scene from Netflix's first original Arabic series series "Jinn."
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By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series "Jinn" hardly pushes the envelope.Some Twitter-users blasted the series as pornographic. Jordan's grand mufti denounced it as "a moral degradation".In a statement, Bassel Ghandour (who co-wrote Naji Abu Nowar's Oscar-nominated film 2014 feature "Theeb") hailed the series, directed by Lebanese filmmaker Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya (2015's "Film Kteer Kabeer"), as a "turning point" for Jordanian representation.The show appeared in line with the liberal, tolerant image that the Western-educated King Abdullah II and Queen Rania have promoted for Jordan -- one of the largest recipients of U.S. aid -- in spite of the country's widespread poverty, largely tribal society and authoritarian legislation.The series' defenders dove into the online combat.Jordanian TV critic Maia Malas wrote that the show' exploration of young love defies Jordan's long legacy of self-censorship.Netflix said the series "seeks to portray the issues young Arabs face as they come of age, including love, bullying and more.The streaming site drew global condemnation earlier this year when it obeyed Saudi Arabia's order to pull an episode of its show "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," which criticized the crown prince, from the kingdom's Netflix feed.
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