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Netflix first Arabic original sparks backstroke on home turf



Netflix's first Arabic original series has triggered a conservative backlash at its home in Jordan.

In a Netflix statement, the performer Bassel Ghandour had hailed the "Jinn" series as a "real turning point" for Jordanian representation.

The five-episode thriller centers on a group of privileged teenagers who visit a widely-open desert haunted by ancient demons that make strange and frightening things happen.

But many Jordanians were shocked and appalled by the show after it debuted last week.

The show's scenes of young drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and dating have offended many among a conservative Muslim public and highlighted the gap with their western allies ruling elite.

The Advocate General demanded that the authorities "take immediate and necessary action" to withdraw it from Netflix, but they have not yet done so.


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