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Wonder Woman banned in Lebanon

Several Wonder Woman billboards advertising the June 1 premiere are still up after the movie has been banned in Lebanon, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The DC Comics superhero film Wonder Woman has been banned in Lebanon, a General Security source told The Daily Star on Wednesday.

“The Interior Minister stated that Wonder Woman has been banned from the country,” the source said.

On Tuesday, the Economy Ministry called for the movie to be banned because its lead actor, Gal Gadot, is Israeli.

Gadot, who plays the iconic superhero, was Miss Israel in 2004, and previously served in the Israeli army. She is also an outspoken critic of the Hamas movement.

All literary, artistic works and publications – including movies, books and plays – must be approved by General Security before they can be shown in Lebanon. However, if there are recommendations or points of controversy, the product is referred to a six-member committee for review. If the committee recommends a ban, the Interior Ministry makes the final call.

Despite the controversy surrounding the movie, posters advertising the June 1 premiere can still be seen in Lebanon.

Censorship has long been a center of controversy in Lebanon with books, movies and TV shows being banned due to taboo subjects such as politics, gender or homosexuality.

 

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