Netflix has pulled an episode of The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj in Saudi Arabia for supposedly violating the country’s anti-cybercrime laws. The crime, apparently, being that Minhaj – a Daily Show alumn – criticized the Saudi government and the Saudi Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, for the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. Despite massive and bipartisan condemnation for the poorly covered-up execution and subsequent dismemberment of the correspondent, as well as Saudi Arabia’s flagrant human rights violations in Yemen – the worst humanitarian crisis of our times – and Bin Salman’s many despotic bids for power, America’s alliance with Saudi Arabia has barely wavered.
Minhaj took aim at American companies’ hypocritical dealings with Saudi Arabia as well as the US’s perceived deference to a deeply authoritarian regime. The Saudi government had the episode pulled, and Netflix removed the piece from their Saudi streams soon after it was released.