When it comes to the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, there always seems to be some controversy. For instance, when the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer emerged, several countries banned it. Now, it appears that Fifty Shades of Grey is being banned again -- this time for the sake of the children.
In the U.K., World Book Day is celebrated months before it is celebrated the United States. For one of the participation activities for a recent U.K. World Book Day event, an 11-year-old boy showed up dressed in a costume meant to depict Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey. Unfortunately, the boy's presence in that Fifty Shades of Grey costume did not go over very well with the party planners.
BBC News reports that his mother, a teacher, stated that her son's Fifty Shades of Grey costume was nothing compared to some of the other costumes worn for the same event. Nicola Scholes said it was "appropriate for a teacher to dress up as a serial killer... acceptable for kids to dress up as people that kill others... [and] come in with [toy] guns" -- but her son's Fifty Shades of Grey costume was still banned.
In addition to being banned in the U.K. from English school children's costumes for school events, Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned in other places. According to Variety Magazine, the Malaysian Film Censorship Board stated that Fifty Shades of Grey would be banned because "[it is] more pornography than a movie."
Chairman of the censorship board of Malaysia, Abdul Halim, went on to say about Fifty Shades of Grey, "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."
Other countries have a similar, negative view about Fifty Shades of Grey. The Telegraph U.K. recently reported that India's censorship authorities have banned Fifty Shades of Grey -- despite the fact that the nudity scenes have been cut out. NewsWeek reported that authorities in Vladikavkaz, Russia, banned Fifty Shades of Grey in the theaters -- and this lead to the Fifty Shades of Grey books skyrocketing in sales locally.
CNN reported that Kenya would not welcome Fifty Shades of Grey and that they cited the "prolonged and explicit sexual scenes depicting women as sexual slaves" as a reason to ban the film. If you break the law in Kenya and watch Fifty Shades of Grey, you could be fined or imprisoned.
Has Fifty Shades of Grey ever been banned in America? People Magazine reports that when Fifty Shades of Grey was set to appear at the movie theater chain AMC, they released a press statement that banned whips, bondage costumes, and weapons from being brought in by Fifty Shades of Grey fans.
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