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Six Arab countries ban Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ over transgender character

Six Arab countries have banned Steven Spielberg’s new film version of “West Side Story” due to the movie including a transgender person.

The countries that will not screen the film are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.

The character Anybodys is played by the non-binary actor Iris Menas.

Films with LGBT characters are often censored to various degrees by Arab nations.

Directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, with an updated screenplay by Tony Kushner, the new film is set to hit theaters in Israel on December 9.

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