Down With That Sort of Thing! Singapore Bans Fifty Shades of Grey

Considering the huge amount of money Fifty Shades of Grey made in its initial run, getting banned in Singapore isn't going to have a massive impact.

Nevertheless, the film became illegal in the island city-state when it was rated R21 by the local censors, which means that the film is unavailable to audiences below 21 and DVD and VOD sales are banned.

This includes Google Play, which just launched in Singapore last week. The Media Development Authority, which is essentially Singapore's censorship board, swept through the online store and removed several titles from stock, Fifty Shades of Grey among them.

Other titles included Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, J-Lo's recent crock The Boy Next Door and Stanley Kubrick's classic A Clockwork Orange.


Singapore is known for its conservative stance on the media, with shows such as Sex In The City banned from television - so it's hardly surprising that Fifty Shades was banned as well.

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