lovers of cinema in Malaysia do décolèrent not. The muslim country has censored all the love scenes between the men in the biopic of Elton John, Rocketman , presented in the room since last week. In Malaysia, the film of Dexter Fletcher, who chronicles the rise of Elton John (Taron Egerton) without sparing the viewer of his many addictions and his descent to the underworld, however, is already prohibited under 18 years of age.
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“We don’t allow any scene of nature to promote the LGBTQ in the films available to the public”, merely explain, with Reuters, Safaruddin Muhammad Ali, at the head of the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia, the body in charge of control of the film production, linked to the ministry of the Interior. “Although the film depict the life of Elton John, this does not mean that the public can see the activities in which it engages and which do not correspond to our culture”, he added.
In the viewfinder of censorship, in particular, the sex scenes but also simple kissing between Elton John and his ex-manager John Reid, played by Richard Madden. The message that appears at the end of the film and said that Elton John has since found love and raised two children with a man, has also been cut.
Some film critics malaysians denounce an unjust decision taken by a power that went beyond its responsibilities. “What the film censor board has been successful in censoring a film no one under 18 years of age up to the end credits is beyond me”, has responded to Sharaad Kuttan, television personality-malaysian and critical item, “We do not need a State-nanny”, he added.
#Rocketman . How the Film Censorship Board managed to censor a movie that has an 18 rating even in the closing credits is beyond me. What country treats it’s adult citizens like kids & what kind of citizens want to be treated like kids? @eltonofficial @GobindSinghDeo @my_malaysia
— Sharaad Kuttan (@SharaadKuttan) July 30, 2019
The same sex scenes had been cut from the movie upon its release in Russia in June, which had resulted in the conviction of Elton John in person. “The fact that the local distributor has deemed it necessary to remove certain scenes is a sad reflection of the divided world in which we still live,” was considered the star of the uk. On the islands of Samoa, the film has simply been a private broadcast.
For the record, sodomy is considered a crime in Malaysia and, as such, is punishable by a prison sentence of up to twenty years. In a colorful thumbing his nose at the censors in malaysia, the local site dedicated to video games Kakuchopurei has compiled in an article “scenes that are missing from the version of malaysian Rocketman “.