Angelina Jolie responds to countries banning 'Eternals' over same-sex kiss
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Actress Angelina Jolie says she’s “sad” audiences won’t get to see her new film “Eternals” after a number of Middle Eastern countries banned it over depictions of a same-sex relationship.

“How anybody is angry about it, threatened by it, doesn’t approve or appreciate it is ignorant,” Jolie told an Australian news outlet on Sunday, during a roundtable about the new film about a race of immortal superheroes.

"And I’m proud of Marvel for refusing to cut those scenes out,"  Jolie said. “I still don’t understand how we live in a world today where there’s still [people who] would not see the family Phastos has and the beauty of that relationship and that love."


In “Eternals,” the superhuman character Phastos is married to his husband, Ben. The couple shares Marvel’s first on-screen same-sex kiss in the movie, according to NBC News.

The new film is banned in several countries Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, NBC News reported

Jolie, who plays Thena in the film, said she is “sad” for audiences who won’t get the film. 

An edited version of "Eternals" will be released in United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt, removing any scenes of intimacy, as is standard practice in those markers, according to

The Disney film “Onward” was banned from several countries last year for featuring an LGBTQ character voiced by Lena Waithe, NBC News noted.