OSN+, which broadcasts the HBO series in some countries in the Middle East and North Africa, cuts the tender kiss of two girls in episode 7, but in episode 3 it had no qualms about showing a romantic relationship between two men .
OSN+the service it transmits The Last of Us in the Middle East and North Africa, he apparently uses double standards and his latest move is controversial. The seventh episode of the HBO series, which gave us a glimpse into Ellie’s past (Bella Ramsey) introducing us to her best friend and love interest Riley (Storm Reid), has been censored in some countries (such as Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt and many others in this geographical area). In particular the scene showing a tender kiss between the two girls was eliminated from the episode in question. A decision that is not surprising, considering that in many of these regions homosexuality is a crime. What is perplexing, however, is that the same treatment was not reserved for episode 3, the touching episode dedicated to Bill (Nick Offerman) e Frank (Murray Bartlett), two men who strike up a romantic relationship after the outbreak of the Cordyceps pandemic. In that case OSN+ let it go, not practicing censorship.
The Last of Us and OSN+ censorship on episode 7
It was the journalist who pointed out this anomaly Mohamed Khairat who, on Twitter, pointed the finger at OSN+. “The episode Left Behind Of The Last of Us was censored by OSN+ (in the Middle East and North Africa), with a rather important kiss scene cut out; it doesn’t make sense, since the episode of Bill and Frank Long, Long Time had not suffered cuts”, wrote Khairat showing the clean cut implemented by the broadcaster. It must be said that in the past OSN+ did not hesitate to cut scenes with homosexual characters in the series he broadcast, from The rules of the perfect crime up to the most recent House of the Dragon. What is surprising is the use of two weights and two measures: why should an innocent kiss between two girls be condemned more than a long and intimate sentimental relationship established between two men?
The Last of Us’ ‘Left Behind’ episode is censored on OSN+ (MENA region), with one (pretty key) kiss scene cut out of it; and it absolutely makes no sense given ‘Long, Long Time’ ft Bill and Frank had no cuts.#TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/jPCcT20txE
— Mohamed Khairat (@khairatmk) February 27, 2023
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