Jinn, a new Arabic TV series exclusive to Netflix, premiered in Jordan last week.
And the hype was real.
Part supernatural show, part teen drama, pre-release the show was touted as the first Arabic show to dare to be racy. The narrative follows students on a field trip to Petra, where two jinns — one good, the other evil – enter the human realm, turning a high school into a supernatural battleground… the show also features alleged ‘immoral scenes’ which are causing major debate.
And according to reports, Jordanian officials are not impressed. Authorities have slammed the show, amid calls for it to be removed by some netizens, while other social commentators are simply appreciating a new show featuring young Arab actors representing for the region.
The Jordanian Royal Film Commission has distanced itself from Jinn
In a statement released on Friday, the commission, developed to promote Jordan as a competitive film industry, stated Netflix is an international platform and that you need to subscribe to view the show.
-So basically, you have no business watching Jinn, unless you seek it out.
The RFC noted the stark contrast in people’s reactions
“Some attacked it for its boldness, while others think it reflects the realities of a certain age group from a certain societal component in Amman”
Jordanian RFC statement
People are making fair comments on either side of the debate
This user makes the point that the RFC has no reason to be held accountable
While many people are simply fans of a new drama…
Others dislike its similarities to US TV drama
The show was shot in Jordan and the first season is just five episodes
Causing uproar online, there are already rumours that the show is not being showed in Jordan anymore along with reports stating the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior’s cybercrime unit is taking “immediate necessary measures to stop the broadcast”.
So fan or not, it looks like an Amman shot season 2 may not be on the cards.