'Barbie' movie will now be released in the United Arab Emirates, after monthlong delay

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates has approved the release of the "Barbie" movie after a delay of over a month over possible content issues.

UAE officials didn’t explain the screening delay, which has also occurred in other Arab nations.

"The UAE Media Council has granted the Barbie movie the approval to be screened in the UAE’s licensed cinemas after completing the necessary procedures in line with the standards of media content and the UAE age classification," the council announced late Thursday.

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Margot Robbie, left, and Ryan Gosling in "Barbie."
Margot Robbie, left, and Ryan Gosling in "Barbie."

The movie's inclusion of a transgender actress as Barbie and other messaging on LGBTQ+ issues could be an issue in Arab countries with Muslim majorities that consider homosexuality and transgender identity to be contrary to Islamic religious beliefs.

The movie about the world-famous doll stars Margot Robbie in the titular role and Ryan Gosling as Ken. It also features several other actors as "Barbies" and "Kens," including Hari Nef, a transgender actress from Philadelphia, who plays one of the Barbies.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. declined a request for comment. Majid Al Futtaim, the distributor of Warner Bros. movies in the Middle East, could not be reached for comment.

In June last year, the UAE and other Arab countries initially delayed and then banned the release of "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse," apparently over the inclusion of a transgender reference and the studio's refusal to censor it.

Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" is a cultural phenomenon and box-office sensation, earning $824 million worldwide in just two weeks of release in theaters.

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