Qatar bans the Danish Girl from cinemas

This image released by Focus Features shows Eddie Redmayne in a scene from "The Danish Girl." Redmayne was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best actor in a motion picture drama for his role in the film on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. The 73rd Annual Golden Globes will be held on Jan. 10, 2016. (Focus Features via AP)

This image released by Focus Features shows Eddie Redmayne in a scene from “The Danish Girl.” Redmayne was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best actor in a motion picture drama for his role in the film on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. The 73rd Annual Golden Globes will be held on Jan. 10, 2016. (Focus Features via AP)

Qatar authorities have banned cinemas from showing The Danish Girl, a film which tells the story of a transgendered artist who undergoes one of the world’s first sex change operations.

Following a backlash online, when one viewer complained of its ‘moral depravity’, the film was pulled from cinemas. The film had started to be screened in the capital city of Doha, but after a few days all its listings had been withdrawn.

The movie depicts the true life story of artist Einar Wegener played by Eddie Redmayne, who, with the help of his loving wife Gerda prepares to undergo one of the first sex-change operations.

Qatar’s culture minister released a statement on Twitter to say: ‘We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned administration and the screening of the Danish film is now banned from cinemas,’ the culture ministry wrote on Twitter.’We thank you for your unwavering vigilance.’

There have been protests online about the ban, with one user living in the region saying: ‘The real deviance is in the mind of those who call for it to be banned’. But many support the authority’s move, with the hashtag ‘No to the screening of The Danish Girl’ trending on Twitter earlier in the day, according to The Doha News.

This is not the first time that Qatar’s ministry of culture has banned a film after it has already started screening in cinemas. In 2014 censors banned Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” for its biblical content and Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” after some Muslim authorities were offended by its depiction of Moses. Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” had 50 minutes of footage cut before it was allowed to be shown in cinemas, fearing it would “offend viewers.”

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