Oh, what delicious irony. A new movie ‘The Dictator’ has been banned in a string of authoritarian nations.
According to its promos, ‘The Dictator’ is “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed”.
The UK Sun reports:
A film insider said: “It’s mad. The list of countries where it has been blocked from cinemas has grown since it was released.
“It’s now banned in Belarus, Pakistan, Malaysia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The world’s had a humour bypass.”
The authorities in Tajikistan blamed the “citizens’ mentality” for the film being banned in the country, reports Tengri News.
Kazakhstan was a bit more subtle. A couple of online reports indicated the movie seemed to have disappeared or been banned a couple of weeks after it premiered in the country.
Has it really been banned in Malaysia? The government should clarify. Meanwhile, check out Wikipedia’s list of films banned in Malaysia.
A ban, however, may be counter-productive. In Tajikistan, for instance, the movie has gone viral after it was banned. (See Global Voices Online.)