Spielberg's Name Blacked Out from Tintin's Posters at a Lebanese Movie Theaterإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Tintin, a long awaited 3D movie in Lebanon caused a round of debate on Wednesday when one of the theaters blacked out its producer's name.
Cinema City Administration at City Mall Complex in Dora blacked out the name of Tintin's Producer, Steven Spielberg on the movie's poster, "Blogbaladi", a Lebanese blog reported.
In a call made by Skeyes Media to Cinema City administration on Wednesday, Muhammad Mrouweh said: “We obscured the name of the producer from the poster due to a request from the Lebanese General Security as his name is on their blacklist.” adding that “we sent a request to the GS to remove the sticker covering the producer’s name so that it can be seen. But we haven’t up till now received any response."
Lebanese newspaper L'Orient Le Jour spoke to an official at the General Security who denied asking Cinema City to cover up Spielberg's name.
“Spielberg’s name is on the black list, and we could have banned the movie legally.” he said. “But these days we’re being flexible in implementing the law.”
Spielberg, a Jewish producer, was blacklisted by the Arab League after he donated $1 million to Israel during the 2006 war between the Jewish state and Lebanon.