A24’s Talk to Me has been banned in Kuwait. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision to ban the horror film is a result of Zoe Terakes’ gender identity. Terakes, who identifies as nonbinary and trans masculine, stars in the film as Hayley, one of the owners of the embalmed hand that connects the living with the dead. While Kuwait has banned films involving gender and sexuality in the past, this decision marks the first time the country bans a film based solely on an actor’s gender identity; Talk to Me doesn’t include any scenes or commentary regarding Terakes’ gender identity.
Terakes calls Kuwait’s decision to ban the film “targeted and dehumanizing.” Read More