Malaysia has banned the recent hit Jennifer Lopez starrer film Hustlers, the authorities said last Friday, criticizing the film about strippers containing obscene content not suitable for cinemagoers in the conservative country.
The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia classified the movie as “not suitable for public screening. The film was reportedly due for release at cinemas last Thursday.
It is common practice for censors in the Muslim-majority countries to ban films entirely or cut scenes related to subjects they deem sensitive.
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board banned the movie from cinemas, citing it would have to make so many cuts to racy scenes that there would be barely anything left to screen.
“This film contains too many scenes with too much… obscene content, and is not suitable for public screening,” board chairman Mohamad Zamberi Abdul Aziz told Agence France-Presse.
“We can see women’s breasts and men’s private parts. There are also erotic dances which are too much, and scenes (with drugs).”
Square Box Pictures, the film’s distributor in Malaysia has confirmed the ban in an Instagram post.
The statement shared on Insata post reads, “We regret to inform you that Hustlers movie release has been canceled as it has been banned in Malaysia. We deeply apologize for the inconveniences caused to our beloved followers, fans of the movie, media and partners”.
Starring J-Lo alongside Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Riverdale star Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B, on its opening weekend Hustlers in a total of $33.2 as compared to IT Chapter Two just a little ahead at $40 million.