KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has banned a Jennifer Lopez film “Hustlers,” because of its “excessive obscene content.” Packed with “obscene content” officials said it was not suitable for cinema-goers.
Hustlers is based on the real-life exploits of a band of strippers who fleeced clients after having drugged them.
Malaysia’s government has been accused by art critics of being a nanny state for its conservative position on the films. Choosing what it allows to be shown in the country.
In August, Malaysia‘s censorship board cut out gay sex scenes in “Rocketman.” A movie based on the life of British singer Sir Elton John.
The ban on “Hustlers” was announced over social media late on Thursday by the movie’s local distributor, Square Box Pictures.
No reason was given by the distributor, but the Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said it was packed with so much obscene content.
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The film had reportedly been due for release at cinemas this week.
It is common for censors in Malaysia to ban films entirely or cut scenes related to subjects they deem sensitive.
Other films that were banned from Malaysia have include The Shawshank Redemption and children’s movie Barney’s Great Adventure.
“Hustlers” – inspired by the real-life story of Samantha Barbash and three others who stole at least $200,000 from men. They had drugged – collected over $30 million at North American theaters in its opening weekend last week.