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Hasan Minhaj Responds to Saudi Arabia Episode Ban in Patriot Act Premiere

Hasan Minhaj Responds to Saudi Arabia Episode Ban in Patriot Act Premiere


Hasan Minhaj Responds to Saudi Arabia Episode Ban in Patriot Act Premiere

Hasan Minhaj has damaged his silence concerning Saudi Arabia’s “very personal Muslim ban.”

Throughout Sunday’s midseason premiere of Patriot Act, the host addressed Netflix’s determination to take away an episode from its service after the Saudi authorities claimed that Minhaj’s criticism of crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman violated its anti-cybercrime regulation. The preliminary Patriot section in query, which made it’s U.S. debut again in October, was a direct response to MBS’ involvement within the killing of Washington Submit journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Watch it right here.)

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After acknowledging the Saudi regulation, which prohibits “any content material that impinges on public order, non secular values or public morals,” Minhaj ran down a listing of Netflix originals which are nonetheless streaming within the Center East. These embody Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (a teen drama about “literal satan worship” and “loads of premarital witch intercourse”), BoJack Horseman (an animated sequence about “an alcoholic horse-man who snorts cocaine”) and numerous “evil cooking reveals” that characteristic the consumption of “porky goodness.” Much more unusual is the truth that Saudi Arabia hasn’t banned a subsequent Patriot Act episode that can also be important of the Muslim nation.

“This isn’t about simply censoring one episode of a TV present. It’s in regards to the precedent.” Minhaj defined. “As a result of as tech corporations maintain increasing, they’re going to maintain operating into extra obscure censorship legal guidelines — legal guidelines that may permit governments to drag any content material at any time.

“Finally, [Saudi Arabia] doesn’t care about ‘immoral content material’ that ‘impinges on non secular values,’” he mentioned. “They’re mad {that a} Muslim is airing out their soiled laundry.”

Video of the section will likely be added if/when it’s made out there. Within the meantime, hit the feedback together with your reactions to Minhaj’s response.

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