You can now kiss “Fifty Shades of Grey” goodbye.
The Home Ministry has banned popular erotica trilogy, “Fifty Shades of Grey“, citing reasons of morality, after previously disallowing the movie to be shown in local cinemas. The order under Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 dated February 24th (Tuesday) banned the printing, publication and ownership of the novels by British author EL James featuring sadomasochism — “Fifty Shades of Grey”, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” — throughout the country.
This ban comes after the international release of the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” on Valentine’s Day and three years after the books have been available in local bookstores.
“The printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution or possession of the publication described in the Schedule, which is likely to be prejudicial to morality, are absolutely prohibited throughout Malaysia,” Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in the order.
The Film Censorship Board (LPF) had earlier banned the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, with reported reasons that the movie contained unnatural and “sadistic” sex scenes, such as scenes of a woman being bound and whipped.
The “Fifty Shades” trilogy, dubbed “mommy porn”, has sold over 100 million copies around the world since its publication by Vintage in 2012. The softcore erotica books focuses on the relationship between virginal student Anastasia Steele and 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey.
Honestly, we think it’s a little too late to be banning the books, don’t you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.