Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned in Malaysia after the Malaysian Film Censorship Board deemed the erotic BDSM romance as "more pornography than a movie."
The Sam Taylor-Johnson directed feature film was due to be released on February 12, but this has since been cancelled.
The LPF chairman, Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, defended his decision to ban Fifty Shades with the following statement:
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
This isn't the first time [Fifty Shades of Grey](movie:391697) has been in the spotlight for negative reasons. Since the books penned by E.L. James were released in 2011, they have attracted controversy from many groups including domestic violence charities who argue that Christian Grey's controlling behavior mirrors that of an abusive partner.
It should come as no surprise that Malaysia has decided to lock its citizens out of the red room of pain though, the Southeast Asian country has a pretty colorful history of shutting its doors to seemingly innocuous Western movies.
While it's understandable how movies such as Hostel and A Serbian Film could be deemed offensive enough to be banned, some of the other movies that have fallen fowl of Malaysia are truly baffling. Check out what I mean in the list below:
American Beauty (1999)
The critically acclaimed American Beauty was banned for it's gratuitous nudity and adult themes.
Family Guy (1999-2001)
Family Guy was banned between 1999 and 2001 for being all round offensive... And if it keeps on referencing Fifty Shades like in the video above, it might just get banned again!
At first banning Zoolander might seem like absolute lunacy, but when you remember the scene about killing the prime minister of Malaysia it makes a lot more sense. Oh well, at least they didn't hack Paramount for it!
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Brokeback Mountain was kicked off the Southeast Asian island for "depicting homosexuality in a positive light."
Noah was banned for its religious content, but this really isn't surprising considering the makeup of the country. Excessively religious films about any faith are generally banned to keep the peace between the nations Christians and Muslims.
Sex Tape (2014)
This lighthearted comedy flashed way too much flesh for Malaysia to handle, even thought most of it took place within the sanctity of marriage.