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Rocketman is the latest film to be censored by Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board due to scenes “depicting gay sex and men kissing.”

Per MalayMail, head of the board Safaruddin Mohammad Ali said, “We do not allow any scenes that promote LGBTQ in films that are for public viewing. Although it is about the real life of Elton John, it is not for him to allow the public to see whatever he does or whatever activities he indulges in that is not our culture.”

Many are critical of the censorship, including Malaysian TV personality and art critic Sharaad Kuttan who said, “We don’t need a nanny state. Governments today cannot control the representation of the LGBT community and individuals — they are fighting a losing battle.”

Rocketman was censored for similar reasons in Russia and was banned in Samoa.

Rocketman will be released digitally on August 6, while its Blu-ray/DVD release is slated for August 27.

 

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