The Hustlers flick is a hit in the U.S but its content has become an issue with international theaters. According to Billboard, the film has been banned in Malaysia.
“We regret to inform you that Hustlers movie release has been cancelled as it has been banned in Malaysia,” read an Instagram post from Square Box Pictures, the movie’s distributor in Malaysia.
The chairman of the Film Censorship Board, Mohamad Zamberi Abdul Aziz, told Agence France-Presse that the film has too much obscene content and isn’t suitable for public screening.
“This film contains too many scenes with too much excessive obscene content, and is not suitable for public screening,” he said. “We can see women’s breasts and mens’ private parts. There are also erotic dances which are too much, and scenes (with drugs).”
The flick debuted last weekend and brought in $33.1 million at the box office. It focuses on a true story about a group of strippers, played by Jennfier Lopez, Cardi B, Constance Wu and more, that drug and rob their Wall Street clientele during the recession in New York City. Keke Palmer and Lizzo also appear in the film.
This isn’t the first time a film with explicit content was banned in Malaysia. Fifty Shades Of Grey and the Wolf of Wall Street were also banned.