Punjab bans ‘Barbie’ over ‘objectionable content’ in Pakistan

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The Punjab censor board has banned the American fantasy comedy film “Barbie,” directed by Greta Gerwig, in Pakistan due to objectionable content, particularly its pro-LGBTQ representation. Despite its star-studded ensemble, featuring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, the movie’s release has been halted until the content deemed objectionable is removed.

The film’s allure has captivated audiences worldwide since its release on July 21. Pakistani actresses have also caught the Barbie fever, embracing the nostalgia and sharing their Barbie-inspired looks.

Notably, Barbie, portrayed by Margot Robbie, enjoys various professions, while Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, remains “just Ken.” Other versions of Ken will be portrayed by Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ncuti Gatwa, and Scott Evans. Posters featuring these handsome hunks in their Ken avatars have already generated significant hype.

In Pakistan, fans of the movie eagerly await any changes that might lead to the ban being lifted, allowing them to witness the much-anticipated film on the big screen.