Malaysians have a beef with Bruno…. Sacha Baron Cohen’s summer box office hit, Bruno, has been banned in Malaysia because the comedy mockumentary highlights gay life and has gay sex scenes, an government official said Tuesday.
Bruno centers around the adventures of a flamboyant gay fashion journalist from Austria.
A spokeswoman for Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said the movie was considered unacceptable because of its storyline, offensive language, and off-color jokes. Sex toys, politically incorrect comments and jokes about religion also infuriated the censors, the spokeswoman said.
“It’s banned because the story is based on gay life… There are a lot of sex scenes,” she said. “It’s contrary to our culture.”
Gay sex, or “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” is punishable by up to 20 years in jail and whipping in Malaysia.A Muslim-majority nation of 28 million people, Malaysia has strict public morality rules, including those applying to entertainment. Earlier this month, the Malaysian government also banned the American horror hit Halloween.
Earlier this year, Bruno was also banned in the Ukraine.