Malaysia Bans Fifty Shades of Grey For Unnatural Sexual Content
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be released in Berlin next week! Sadly residents of Malaysia will not be seeing the erotic romance movie in the theaters.
According to Variety, the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) denied a certificate to screen Fifty Shades of Grey in their country, thus canceling the movie's Feb. 12 expected released date in Malaysia.
The erotic book-turned movie was described by the LPF chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid as being “more pornography than a movie.” The film was further criticized for having scenes that "are not of natural sexual content."
“The board made a decision in view of the film containing scenes that are not of natural sexual content. The content is more sadistic, featuring scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped,” Abdul said.
Malaysia is known for their very conservative lifestlye and Fifty Shades of Grey is not the first thing to be censored by the country. Many pop stars such as Beyonce, Kesha, Lady Gaga and Rihanna have received warnings of censorship and/or cancellations after their performances were deemed inappropriate.
The movie which is slated to hit the U.S. theaters on February 13, is about a literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) whose life changes forever when she meets the handsome billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) who just do happens to be an S&M enthusiast.
I have read all three volumes of the book and of course at some point I got very bored and irritated with the whole 'sex thing' - that ironically keeps the reader glued to the book. It was a good read though and I am definitely going to see the movie.