Apple TV + series episode banned from 11 countries due to gay character

Apple TV + series episode banned from 11 countries due to gay character

The problems involving some productions of the Apple TV + continue to give the company a headache – first with the film “The Banker” and then with the documentary produced by Oprah. This time, however, the company is clashing with some governments due to one of the episodes of the recently launched “Little America”, his series on immigrants.

While solving these imbroglios, the company continues to divulge its next productions, like the documentary “Beastie Boys Story”, which will arrive in service in April – and acquiring others, such as the new documentary “Boys State”.

We will also comment on the meetings between Apple and the media giant MGM about the possible acquisition of some productions.

Episode of “Little America” banned

The eighth (and last) episode of the series “Little America” was banned from 11 countries (ten of them in the Middle East and Russia) for dealing with the story of a gay immigrant from syria. The information was shared by the series writer (and drag queen) Amrou Al-Kadhi, on twitter.

This is the harsh reality of accepting gay Arabs. Trump’s ban meant we had to move the footage outside the United States. And now our episode of #LittleAmerica has been banned in 11 countries. We are very sorry for that. Know that we are working hard to find a way to bring this to you.

The episode in question focuses on the story of Rafiq (Haaz Sleiman), who applies for asylum to the United States after being the target of violence and family rejection. As explained by Al-Kadhi, the production faced several obstacles, from the banning of filming in American territory to the banning of the episode in some countries.

I know many Arabs and Muslims who currently live in the Middle East and are afraid to express themselves. I desperately hoped that this episode could act as some kind of balm or source of home and comfort for them. It really saddens me to think that they do not have access to the episode – we are exploring all possible options to put it back.

In response to censorship of “Little America”, Al-Kadhi expressed his commitment to telling stories that reflect these experiences. Apple has not commented on the case for now.

New documentary “Boys State”

Courtesy of the Sundance Film Institute

Apple and A24 (film studio partner of the company) acquired the rights to “Boys State”, a political documentary that analyzes American democracy, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

According to the publication, Apple paid $ 10 million for production rights, which was directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. Steve Jobs’s widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, also participated as an executive producer.

The documentary features an experiment in which 1,000 boys (all approximately 17 years old) come together to build a government from the beginning, reproducing some of democracy’s worst principles and failures.

Prior to the acquisition of Apple, “Boys State” had already premiered on January 24 during the Sundance Film Festival.

Teaser of “Beastie Boys Story”

Apple shared a new short video to publicize the documentary “Beastie Boys Story” that will land on the Apple TV + in April.

Here is a short story that they are about to tell… Available on April 24 exclusively on Apple TV +, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz share their band’s story and 40 years of friendship in a documentary directed by their friend, collaborator and ex -Grandfather, Spike Jonze.

“Beastie Boys Story” it is described as a live documentary experience that focuses on the group’s legacy and the stories of its members. The production was based on the book “Beastie Boys Book”, published in October 2018, in addition to having Horovitz and Diamond discussing their long friendship and rise to fame.

As we reported, the film will be available in US theaters on April 3 before it hits Apple TV + on 4/24. The production will also celebrate the 26th anniversary of the launch of “Ill Communication”, the band’s fourth album.

MGM looking to sell productions to Apple

Apparently, entertainment giant Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is turning to streaming (Apple, Netflix, etc.) to assess the interest of these companies in possible acquisitions of productions. The information is CNBC.

The news “confirms” rumors that Apple is exploring deals to acquire content from MGM, although negotiations have not yet reached an advanced stage.

An agreement with MGM would potentially offer Apple a huge catalog of content to add to Apple TV +, such as titles like “James Bond” franchise and “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which is currently airing on Hulu.

There is no information on when (or even if) Apple and MGM could reach any kind of agreement; both companies declined to comment on the negotiations.

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