‘The Dictator’ movie banned in Malaysia?

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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.)

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Malcolm
Malcolm
21 Jun 2012 1.30pm

Zoolander (movie) was banned too but many watched it on DVD/VCD.

In this fictitious movie, Mugatu (Will Ferrell) threatens to kill the (fictitious) Malaysian Prime Minister himself, so Zoolander (Ben Stiller) debuts his new look to save the day.

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
21 Jun 2012 8.57am
Jonnie
Jonnie
21 Jun 2012 8.41am

Just watched in SG… ya should ban. No value for Malaysian. Sick jokes and half hearted acting anyway.

Erwin
Erwin
20 Jun 2012 1.37pm

Here is a list of songs banned on malaysian airplay:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_songs_banned_in_Malaysia

semuanya OK kot
semuanya OK kot
20 Jun 2012 1.14pm

Whether it has been banned may be an Official Secret. Think that is funny? In USA today, you can be served with a Security Letter instrucing you (a) not to divulge some matter and (b) not to divulge any detail of the Letter including its having been served on you.

rilakkuma
rilakkuma
20 Jun 2012 11.48am

For those who can’t afford pirated dvds, then wait for censored version over RTM later :

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
20 Jun 2012 8.52am

Coming soon to a shop selling pirated DVDs near you ………….

Gerakan K
Gerakan K
20 Jun 2012 1.45am

We have nationwide election, so the issue of dictator is not relevant for us.

rilakkuma
rilakkuma
20 Jun 2012 11.46am
Reply to  Gerakan K

Belarus, Pakistan, Malaysia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are relevant to the regime as benchmark in every aspect ????

Yang
Yang
20 Jun 2012 12.58pm
Reply to  Gerakan K

If you have true democracy and election, what`s so afraid of just a storyline and movie.

Andrew I
Andrew I
21 Jun 2012 12.45am
Reply to  Gerakan K

My 1Dictator by Gherkin.

Ho Ho Ho
Ho Ho Ho
19 Jun 2012 11.27pm

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rilakkuma
rilakkuma
20 Jun 2012 11.34am
Reply to  Ho Ho Ho

“The Dictator” pirated DVD will be HOT now that Msia bans it.
When authority dictates in such way, curiosity arouse people’s interest to watch this satirical movie.
Or may be someone up there wants the piracy to profit and supply fund … ????

Erwin
Erwin
20 Jun 2012 12.30pm
Reply to  rilakkuma

Pirated DVDs easily available at 3 for RM10….

Could the ban be due to ‘Borat’ who has ridiculed kazakstan, the saudara of najib family?