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Hasan Minhaj: ‘I’m Not Built For This Beef’ With Saudi Arabia

Nearly two months after Netflix pulled an episode of his show from airing in Saudi Arabia, comedian Hasan Minhaj said he’s not prepared to battle the county’s oppressive regime. “I’m not built for this beef,” the “Patriot Act” star joked to CNN’s Van Jones during an interview Saturday. “I’m not ready to go head-to-head with dictators or autocrats, so I’m sorry in advance. Like, I want to live to see the retweets.” In early January, reports emerged that the streaming service had decided to yank the episode in which Minhaj condemned the alleged role of Saudi Arabia’s leaders in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi’s claimed Minhaj’s show broke its cybercrime laws. However, the episode remained available on YouTube and on Netflix’s U.S. platform. Minhaj told Jon...

Hasan Minhaj Jabs Saudi Arabia For Netflix Censorship

Comedian Hasan Minhaj opened the season premiere of his Netflix show “Patriot Act” by directly addressing how the streaming service gave into demands from Saudi Arabia’s government last month to remove an episode critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “This is ‘Patriot Act’ — or as it’s known in Saudi Arabia, ‘Error 404, not found,’” Minhaj said at the start of the first episode of the show’s second season, which premiered Sunday.  “I still can’t believe it. We got Saudi Arabia to issue its very own Muslim ban,” he joked later, before recapping “how I became an Internet bad boy.” Minhaj confirmed reports that the Saudi government requested that Netflix take down an episode from October, in which Minhaj criticized bin Salman for reported involvement in the slaying of Washington Post ...

Hasan Minhaj Responds To Netflix Removing His Episode In Saudi Arabia

Hasan Minhaj responded to Netflix complying with Saudi Arabia’s demands that the streaming service block an episode of his talk show, saying on Wednesday that the move has only made the episode more popular. Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube. Let’s not forget that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis is happening in Yemen right now. Please donate: https://t.co/znMP8vyJma https://t.co/t2VUDhhIdB — Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) January 2, 2019 The comments from the host of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” come after Netflix took down an episode in which Minhaj criticized Saudi Arabia, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the United States for maintaining relations. The episode is still viewab...

Netflix Takes Down Episode Of Hasan Minhaj’s Show After Saudi Arabia Complains

An episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” has been removed by Netflix in Saudi Arabia after the country expressed complaints about material in the show. “Now would be a good time to reassess our relationship with Saudi Arabia. And I mean that as a Muslim and as an American,” says Minhaj in the episode titled “Saudi Arabia.” He goes on to discuss the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October and was revealed to have been slain on orders from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi’s body has not been found. The comedian then addresses the crown prince, referring to him as MBS, by critiquing the United States’ relationship with him and Saudi Arabia. “MBS asked, ‘Why the outrage?’ and frankly, MBS’ confusio...

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