Netflix criticized for pulling satire episode in Saudi

WASHINGTON (AA): Streaming giant Netflix faced criticism Wednesday for its decision to remove an episode of a comedy show in Saudi Arabia that satirized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act lambasts bin Salman, arguing original praise heaped on the Saudi leader was misplaced and undue — a fact that came to international attention, according to Minhaj, with the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

“The revelations about Khashoggi’s killing have shattered that image and it blows my mind that it took the killing of a Washington Post journalist for everyone to go: ‘Oh I guess he’s not really a reformer,’” Minhaj said in an 18-minute monologue that has been posted to YouTube.