Netflix bows to the Saudi Kingdom by pulling critical satire episode: Comedy is dead

The Saudi Kingdom has legal leverage over Netflix, according to a company spokesperson.


Netflix pulled a recent satirical comedy episode critical of Saudi Arabia after Kingdom officials complained which goes to show just how controlled Hollywood and America really is.

The controversial episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj was terminated after the American-born Muslim comedian poked fun at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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President Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia talk together during ceremonies, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo Shealah Craighead)

A Netflix spokesperson was quoted in a statement saying: “We strongly support artistic freedom worldwide and removed this episode only in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request — and to comply with local law.”

Although the episode is not available for viewing in Saudi Arabia for violating cybercrime laws others around the world will be able to watch it.

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