Malaysia Bans 'Fifty Shades of Grey' for 'Sadistic' Content

The film is more like "pornography than a movie," says the Malaysian Film Censorship Board


Good news for Fifty Shades of Grey fans who worried that the movie wouldn’t be racy enough: The Malaysian Film Censorship Board has banned the film from showing in the country’s cinemas, calling it more like “pornography than a movie.”

Chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid described the film as unfit for a Malaysian audience, adding that the sex featured was not “natural,” The Star reports.

“The board made a decision in view of the film containing scenes that are not of natural sexual content,” he said. “The content is more sadistic, featuring scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped.”

The movie, based on E L James’s bestselling novel of the same name, received an R rating in the United States for “strong sexual content,” “graphic nudity” and “unusual behavior.”

“That’s the first time I have heard that term,” film historian Leonard Maltin told USA Today, referring to the “unusual behavior.”

“It’s the newest euphemism,” he added. Curious? Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters Feb. 13, unless you’re Kim Kardashian.

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