The movie adaptation of E. L. James’ erotic romance novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is about to debut in theaters worldwide in a couple of days and slowly countries are making a stand on their morality. Starting with Malaysia, the movie will not be screened in their theaters this Valentine’s Day. Read on to know more about the details of this scoop.
The controversy of the Fifty Shades movie direct selling erotic romance is now being deliberated by the movie boards of countries worldwide. With its screening date coming to a close, it’s only a matter of time before everybody finds out if the movie will be available in their country or not. The book was enough to raise issues with its popularity given that it contained heavy sexual encounters between the main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. And now that the bestselling book will be turned into a movie, just how many countries are willing to turn a blind eye to their morality for the purpose of entertainment? One country in Asia made a stand; Malaysia will not have “Fifty Shades of Grey” on their big screens this Valentine’s Day.
On the report of Daily Mail UK, the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LFB) rejected the notion of having the Sam Taylor-Johnson’s movie adaptation shown on big screens all over their country. LFB Chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid clarified the reason as to why it led the board to coming up with such a decision. He reasoned that the film is “more pornography than an entertainment movie” that people would watch and enjoy.
“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,” the LFB chairman said as published in Daily Mail UK.
For now, only Malaysia has banned the film from its theaters. In UK, it received an 18 certificate whereas in the US; it was given an R certification. This is all consideration that the more than two-hour movie will be downright in portraying erotic role plays like BDSM. Also, Taylor-Johnson really took this as a passion project stating that she consulted a professional dominatrix to create the film.
For those countries that didn’t get the film banned, “Fifty Shades of Grey” opens in theaters on Feb. 13, 2015.
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