BEIRUT — The Film Censorship Committee in Lebanon, composed of representatives from General Security (GS) and the Ministry of Economy, stated Friday that they have no reason to request the banning of the Barbie movie, a source with knowledge of the Committee's proceedings confirmed to L'Orient-Le Jour.
Earlier this week, caretaker Culture Minister Mohammad Mortada requested the film be banned. The film "goes against Lebanon's moral and religious values, as it promotes perversion and gender transformation, while also advocating the rejection of patriarchal authority and ridiculing the role of mothers," he claimed.
The final decision regarding Lebanon's screening of the film now rests with General Security, according to the source.
Minister Mortada stated that he was not aware of the Committee meeting and refrained from commenting until he receives further details.
When contacted by L'Orient-Le Jour, General Security was not immediately available for comment.
Last week, the TV channel al-Mayadeen, reputedly close to Hezbollah, posted a video on Instagram criticizing the film for its promotion of "extreme feminism and homosexuality."