Malaysia’s film censor has banned the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” film from release in the country reports The Star. The Malaysian Film Censorship Board’s chairman, Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, says the film is unfit for a Malaysian audience:
“[T]he 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.”
Local distributor United International Pictures has confirmed to the paper that the film would not be shown in Malaysian cinemas.
The conservative Muslim country is known for banning films due to various reasons such as religious and sexual content. Other films to have been banned there in recent years include “Sex Tape,” “The Raid 2,” “Noah,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Piranha 3DD,” “Shame,” “Bruno,” “Paranormal Activity,” “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and even “A Million Ways to Die in the West”.