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Why It’s Getting Banned in Some Countries and How It Will Fare Against Oppenheimer

Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, has produced a big hype that cannot be ignored, even if you aren’t interested in watching it. Greta Gerwig’s interpretation of the doll and get world is one of the most anticipated films worldwide. Although the stories throughout the months have spoken extensively about it, and piqued intrigue, the most recent ones did cause some controversy when Vietnam opted to ban its release in their country. This is obviously a troubling development, and it now appears that another country is on the verge of following Vietnam.

Both Robbie, who plays the title character, and Gosling, who plays Barbie’s boyfriend Ken, star in the upcoming film Barbie. The teaser and every piece of marketing up to this point has hinted at an original viewpoint that explores what happens when Barbie and her Ken leave the pink lands and arrive in the real world. The film is anticipated not only for its original idea but also for the box office competition it has set itself up for with Oppenheimer directly and Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One in some way.

Newer sources suggest that it is not just the Vietnamese government that has decided to ban Barbie because of the visual of a globe map that doesn’t suit the actual world story, but there is one more that is in the process. If these rumors are accurate, then it appears that Box Office might just get affected. The Philippines government is currently evaluating the film before making a decision.

According to a We Got This Covered story, a lawmaker from the Philippines said that Barbie “denigrates Philippine sovereignty.” It further indicates that a press statement announcing the organization’s review of the movie was issued on July 4 by The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), which is responsible for classifying or banning movies in the country as a whole.

We confirm that the Board has reviewed the film ‘Barbie’ today, 04 July 2023. At this time, the assigned Committee on First Review is deliberating on the request of Warner Brothers F.E. Inc. for a Permit to Exhibit. Once available, a copy of the Permit to Exhibit or the Committee’s decision will be uploaded to the Agency’s official website,” the press release read.

There is no confirmation, though. But, in case you’re wondering why the ban brigade has loomed over Barbie, the film depicts a globe map with contentious nine-dash lines that have irked Vietnam, leading to a band there. The film starring Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie is scheduled to come out on July 21, 2023, the same day Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer hits theaters.

What do you think of the ban being implemented in the Barbie movie? And which movie are you watching on July 21st? Comment down below.

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