Hasan Minhaj responds to Netflix's removal of his Patriot Act episode in Saudi Arabia
Hasan Minhaj poked fun at Netflix's removal of an episode of his satirical show in Saudi Arabia, as it can still be accessed in the country through Patriot Act‘s YouTube channel.
A day after Netflix confirmed the removal of an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, the comedian took to Twitter and commented on the issue, stating that the move would only incite more people to watch the episode.
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.
— Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) January 2, 2019
The episode of the satirical comedy show was removed by the streaming giant only in Saudi Arabia as it allegedly violated the country’s cyber crimes law. A Netflix spokesperson said in a statement, "We strongly support artistic freedom worldwide and removed this episode only in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request— and to comply with local law. " The banned episode, however, can still be accessed Saudi Arabia through the YouTube channel of Patriot Act, Financial Times reported.
In the episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, the American-born Muslim lashed Saudi Arabia after the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He specifically criticised Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and was also critical of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, as has been reported earlier.
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