“Because politics and religion are two extremely sensitive subjects” in Lebanon.” Uh, is Barbie politics or religion?
Anyway, watch the fun when Islamic hardliners in the West begin demanding this kind of censorship, and these demands start colliding with the sensibilities of their Leftist patrons.
“Lebanon: Photos of Jesus, Barbie, Nasrallah Banned From Show,” from ANSAmed, November 6 (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 6 – Images depicting Jesus Christ, the Shi-ite leader of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, and Barbie have been removed from a photographic exhibition in Beirut. The photographer, Lebanese director Jocelyne Saab, was told by the Solidere society, which is responsible for the exhibition about the removal of nine images “because politics and religion are two extremely sensitive subjects” in Lebanon. The exhibition was then transferred to a private gallery in Beirut, traditionally considered the most liberal of the Arab capitals, but where fierce battles took place in May between Shi-ite Hezbollah and their Sunni rivals. The clashes were the bloodiest since the end of the civil war (1975-90), which also involved the Christian and Druse communities. Saab confirmed that she was “outraged by the censorship”. (ANSAmed).