While surfing for some interesting entertaining feeds I found some strange that the movies that are being appreciated for their unique stories and boldness are banned in some regions. But one thing that struck me as odd was some of the reasons given for denying audiences the chance to see films that other nations had no problem with.
Strict laws on sex, drug use and violence are at least understandable, but this list reveals other rulings that are nothing short of bizarre. Check out by scrolling down the reasons for which these are banned around the world.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Kenya)
The Wolf of Wall Street is outlawed in almost all of Africa, and the specific reason is difficult to pinpoint. The ban originated in Kenya, and what’s really shocking is just how every other country on the continent followed.
Sex and the City 2 (Vietnam)
Whatever Western audiences think of the formidable girl group that spun out of the popular TV series, this sequel has been deemed to be in direct conflict with the ‘cultural values’ of Vietnam. The plot sees Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda head off on a globe-trotting adventure, courting controversy thanks to one scene, in particular, set in Abu Dhabi, which has been deemed to be ‘blatantly anti-Muslim’.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Thailand)
The Ministry of Culture in Thailand saw things differently, however, and with the surge in mobile phone ownership at the time of release in 2008 the comedy was pulled on account of teens copying the main plot and making their own adult films.
The Da Vinci Code (Solomon Islands)
The preposterous globe-trotting thriller based on the best-selling Dan Brown book series fell foul of a number of religious groups. Most damning was Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who stated that the film ‘undermines the very roots of Christianity in Solomon Islands’.
2012 (North Korea)
Not so much a comment on the film – a disaster epic that toyed with the Mayan calendar proclamation that 2012 would be the year when the world would come to an end – but rather a ban for casting a negative light on what would have been the 100th birthday of former leader Kim Il Sung. 2012 was also meant to be the year when North Korea announced itself as a ‘global superpower’, so the message of the film was a definite no go.
Barney’s Great Adventure (Malaysia)
The lovable purple dinosaur is a family favorite all over the world. With catchy tunes and an infectious voice, what could anyone possibly find offensive about the kid’s character? The Malaysian government has a different view, banning the film version of the TV show because they thought it unacceptable for children to watch.
Shrek 2 (Israel)
An odd one this. The film itself isn’t the problem, but the Hebrew dub featured a joke that didn’t go down too well in Israel. The film was eventually passed later in 2004.
Funny Girl (Egypt)
Egyptian Muslim lead Omar Sharif is seen in a romantic plot opposite Jewish actress Barbra Streisand in this 1960s romantic musical comedy. The actress was a vocal supporter of Israel at the time of the film’s release, which happened to coincide with military action between the two countries.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (China)
The third film in Johnny Depp’s seafaring series featured an international cast including Chow Yun-Fat as a Singaporean pirate. Almost half of the actor’s screen time was trimmed from the version shown in China with the unofficial reason being that the character portrayed by Yun-Fat was a negative stereotype of all Chinese people.
Fifty Shades of Grey (Cambodia)
Banned for ‘insane romance, numerous sex sequence [sic], the use of violence during sex’ and for being ‘entirely related to sexual matters that are too extreme for Khmer society’.
That would pretty much be the entire plot of the film then…
The Simpsons Movie (Burma)
You won’t hear a more bizarre reason than this… The Simpsons Movie was outlawed by the ruling party of Burma because of the regular ‘juxtaposition of the colors red and yellow’, a combination which is seen to be in support of the rebel army.
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