Actress Angelina Jolie pushes back the news that some countries have banned her latest Marvel movie, “Eternals,” because of her portrayal of a same-sex relationship, calling the move “ignorant.”
Countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal, pulled the film from theaters last week after Marvel refused to remove scenes showing a same-sex relationship and a kiss shared between the actors Brian Tyree Henry and Haaz Sleiman, both men, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
“I’m proud that Marvel refused to cut these scenes,” Jolie, who plays warrior Thena in the film, told Australian media news.com.au during a press roundtable. “I still don’t understand how we live in a world today where there is still [people who] wouldn’t see Phastos’ family and the beauty of that relationship and that love.
“How someone is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve of it or appreciate it, is ignorance,” she said.
In the film, Phastos, played by Henry, is married to Ben, played by Sleiman, and shares Marvel’s first on-screen gay kiss. They also have a son together in the movie.
In a interview with Variety Last week Sleiman, who left Lebanon for the United States at age 21 and came out gay in 2017, said he was on the verge of tears when he learned that Marvel owner Disney had ” hold on ”and refused to cut the scenes.
“It has made these Arab countries so ignorant and pathetic,” he said. “They showed the world that they are not just a disgrace to mankind, but to God. Hopefully this will inspire the Saudi people, the Kuwaiti people and the people of Qatar to fight back. “
Disney’s move goes against Hollywood’s past of cutting its films for release in countries with different censorship rules. References to the sexuality of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the 2018 movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” have been deleted to appease censors in China.
It’s also a big step for Marvel, which has previously been criticized for its slow integration of LGBTQ + characters into its films. a unnamed gay character briefly appears in “Avengers: Endgame” and Tom Hiddleston’s “Loki” was retroactively revealed as bisexual in its Disney + spinoff series of the same name earlier this year.
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