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Netflix Pulls Episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Show for Criticizing Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi Killing

Web ExclusiveJanuary 02, 2019
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Netflix is coming under fire for pulling an episode of U.S. comedian Hasan Minhaj’s show “Patriot Act” from Saudi Arabia, after officials from the kingdom complained to the streaming company. The episode, which became available in late October, a few weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, was sharply critical of the Saudi royal family and, in particular, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Hasan Minhaj: ”MBS was shocked by all of the anger over the killing of one journalist. According to The Wall Street Journal, on a phone call with Jared Kushner, MBS asked, 'Why the outrage?' And frankly, MBS’s confusion is completely understandable. He has been getting away with autocratic [bleep] like this for years with almost no blowback from the international community.”

Minhaj slams the Saudi regime and the crown prince for their cover-up of Khashoggi’s killing, the persecution of women and human rights activists, and their central role in the ongoing war on Yemen. He also calls out the long-standing relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States, and skewers the Western portrayal of the crown prince as a modern reformer.

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