For Banned Books Week 2019, we revisit a story of a deranged relationship born from the world of fanfiction and now a multimillion dollar movie.
Cambodia - Banned for "insane romance, numerous sex sequence, the use of violence during sex" and for being "entirely related to sexual matters that are too extreme for Khmer society"
Indonesia - Banned due to its sexual content; however, Johan Tjasmadi, member of Lembaga Sensor Film (Indonesia Film Censorship Board), said that the film was never registered to the board
Kenya - Banned due to its sexual content
Malaysia - Banned due to its strong sexual content and graphic nudity.
United Arab Emirates - Banned due to its sexual content
Zimbabwe - Banned because of the explicit erotic scenes. In some theaters an edited version was allowed.
Lai, Kristin. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Has Been Banned Again After Being Deemed Inappropriate by Another Country. Published February 17, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from https://web.archive.org/web/20150725044555/http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/02/17/fifty-shades-of-grey-has-been-banned-again-after-being-deemed-inappropriate-by-another-country-2702951?lt_source=external,manual
Probo, Vega. Still Interested in Watching 50 Shades of Gray? CNN Indonesia. Published March 16, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from https://www.cnnindonesia.com/hiburan/20150316064252-220-39320/masihkah-berminat-menonton-50-shades-of-grey
Radhakrishnan, Manjusha. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ will not release in the UAE. Gulf News. Published February 16, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from https://gulfnews.com/entertainment/fifty-shades-of-grey-will-not-release-in-the-uae-1.1457957
Ramisetti, Kirthana. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' banned in India despite removal of nude scenes. Daily News. Published March 5, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2019 from https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/india-bans-edited-version-fifty-shades-grey-article-1.2138534
Taylor-Johnson, Sam (Dir.). Fifty Shades of Grey. Universal Pictures, et al. 2015.
"Dances and Dames." Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/