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The Saudi government claims a segment from Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix series, ‘Patriot Act’ violates cybercrime laws

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Hasan Minhaj is in hot water over an extended segment from his Netflix show, Patriot Act, where he discussed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In response, the Saudi government is claiming the content violates cybercrime laws.

The colorful comedian is being accused of firing shots at crown prince Mohammed Ben Salman, who reportedly ordered the killing, and called the Saudi Arabians’ oblivion the least believable cover since Blake Shelton was “Sexiest Man Alive.”

Netflix has since then pulled the episode last week and it is no longer available to watch in Saudia Arabia. The story was originally reported by the Financial Times where the country’s government cited a cybercrime law that prohibits “production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers.”

In a statement to NPR, Netflix said, “We strongly support artistic freedom and removed this episode only in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request—and to comply with local law.” But it’s still political censorship regardless of whether or not it’s legal.

The clip is still available on YouTube at this time, and there’s no further information on if Google plans to follow suit.

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‘LEONA’ Review AJFF: A Jewish girl defies the her family’s rules of attraction

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In an era where women are fiercely denouncing gender norms, “LEONA” is a feminist’s cinematic dream. The film examines the evolution of a young woman’s self-discovery amidst her family’s traditional Jewish beliefs on love.

In Spanish director Isaac Cherem’s “Leona,” the brilliant Naian González Norvind plays Ariela, a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her strict family’s beliefs and loving a non-Jewish man, Ivan (Christian Vazquez). For Ivan, relationships have no bounds in terms of race and background. For her, however, her family’s opposing views on intermarriage quickly throw a wrench in the relationship.

The narrative harboring over González’s character is identifiable for many women trying to figuring who they are in their mid-twenties. Throughout the film, Ariela finds herself struggling to make life-altering choices regarding her career and love life at the expense of her family’s expedited demands.

A street artist is no profession for a Jewish woman in the eyes of her community and marrying or dating a non-Jew is simply an abomination but to Ariela that was her life and what kept her going. Scene after scene, the 25-year-old rebelled against what was expected of her. And while life may have seemed to be dismantling, her confidence as a woman was strangely falling into place.

Ultimately her non-Jewish boyfriend called it quits after she refused to introduce him to her racist family as if she had the option. As for the tall , Jewish specimen her cousins forced on her after the fact she made the decision to leave him also.

The film does end with a fairytale ending, just not what you’d expect. Let’s just say Ariela wins in the end. We won’t give too many spoilers away but it’s definitely a must-watch.

The review serves as part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. For more information, click here.

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Jussie Smollett axed from ‘Empire’ Episodes

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Reports of Jussie Smollett being cut from “Empire” scenes have surfaced amid the controversy surrounding his alleged hate attack.

The actor, 36, who plays gay singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon on the show, was contracted to have nine scenes, including a musical performance scheduled for one of the closing episodes on Season 5, according to TMZ

Smollet has currently been axed on at least five episodes of which will now feature an ensemble of characters after the show’s writers were forced to revise the scripts.

Smollett still claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment Jan. 29, but there is major speculation that he paid two close pals to help stage the assault for a reason unknown.

There is a high possibility a grand jury will consider an indictment as early as Tuesday, TMZ said. Smollett could be charged with felony filing a false police report.

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Tilda Swinton shines in Joanna Hogg’s New Film ‘The Souvenir’ –– see trailer

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