Last week, we found out that stripper movie “Hustlers” had been banned in Malaysia at the 11th hour.

The reason being? LPF (Film Censorship Board of Malaysia) found that the “excessive obscene content” was too vulgar for local audiences. Square Box Pictures even released a statement, which you can read below:

 

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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT We regret to inform you that Hustlers movie release has been cancelled as it has been banned in Malaysia. We deeply apologize for the inconveniences caused to our beloved followers, fans of the movie, medias and partners. A special shout-out to @presenceparis @reebokmalaysia @benefitmalaysia @flyproject.co @thenictionary @acutabovegroup @restylemy @tgvpictures and other medias involved. We certainly appreciate all the love and support from our fans and movie lovers for this title; yet it’s our loss that we are unable to carry on. Our sincere apologies that we have let you down. Nevertheless, we hope to bring you more exciting movies in the near future with your continuous support. Thank you 🙏🏻

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While “Hustlers” is rated-R, many felt that scenes featuring “sexualised nudity, strong sex references, language (and) drug misuse” could have censored instead. The Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is one example.

Following the news, other international publications from America, UK, Japan, Thailand, India and more started covering it. As far as we know, Malaysia is the only country that ended up banning “Hustlers” after it was scheduled to hit theatres.

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Isn’t it ironic that Malaysia has appeared on popular sites such as Billboard, BBC, People, and Cinema Blend for the wrong reason?

With all the Oscar buzz surrounding lead actress Jennifer Lopez’s performance, it’s a shame movie-goers can’t watch it on the big screen.

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