While some are looking forward to boxes of chocolates and a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, others are looking forward to the theatrical release of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The wildly popular and erotic novel, which follows the relationship between young college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey, will be premiering all around the world in the coming weeks.
Well, except in Malaysia that is.
The country’s Film Censorship Board has denied a certificate to the film, with board chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid saying it’s “more pornography than a movie.” Throughout the novel, details of bondage sex and role play are described between Steele and Grey, and the movie promises to make those scenes come to life on the big screen. That is exactly why the film is being banned.
“The board made a decision in view of the film containing scenes that are not of natural sexual content,” Abdul Halim said. “The content is more sadistic, featuring scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped.”
The film’s sexiness has been drawing a bit of controversy lately, with Target selling “Fifty Shades” sex toys, and leaving many are wondering how the film is going to deliver on it’s promise to bring the novel scenes to life, without basically being porn.
Maybe it’s something you’ll just have to see Fifty Shades of Grey to find out?