Netflix is now streaming RuPaul’s Drag Race in hundreds of countries across the globe including in Saudi Arabia.
Seasons 2 to 6 of the drag queen competition show are streaming, with subtitles available from Arabic to Korean, in countries including Uganda, Indonesia and Iran.
They will not be edited or censored, with Netflix confirming they will be the same episodes that stream in the UK.
This is a powerful step, giving LGBTI representation a voice in several of the world’s worst countries to be gay. In Saudi Arabia, LGBTI people are routinely arrested and killed, while, Indonesia recently passed a law banning ‘effeminate men’ or men dressed in women’s clothing on television.
Drag Race will also be shown in other more unusual locations, like Antarctica and Niue – a South Pacific island nation of a thousand people.
Speaking to Gay Star News, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed RuPaul’s Drag Race will be shown worldwide.
‘It is indeed available to stream in those countries,’ they said. ‘It will be the same version as the UK.’
This means Netflix is now the home of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 224 out of the 245 countries where the service is available. It does not air on Netflix in the US or Canada as it is available on Logo and OutTv.
It follows Netflix going global in January of this year, with the only countries not included being places like Syria and North Korea. This is due to US Government restrictions on American companies in relation to these territories.
That means there’s only really one more thing to say.