50 Shades of Grey will not be released in Malaysia as it is deemed “too sadistic” by The Malaysian Film Censorship Board.
Chairman of the board, Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, said in a 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.”
Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid thus made a decision that the movie was unfit for a Malaysian audience.
The move comes as no surprise as Malaysia has banned movies in the past, including Bruno for its homosexual content, and Noah for depicting a prophet.
The film was set to be released on Feb 12, but the United International Pictures has already confirmed that the film will not be shown in Malaysian movie theatres.