As if they did not learn from the banning of blockbuster movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, Kenya Film Classification board has gone ahead and banned steamy movie Fifty Shades of Grey.
The film is expected to premiere in the US this Valentines, and would probably have screened in Kenyan theatres in coming weeks, but that’s not gonna happen now.
The movie is an adaptation of the heavily popular 2011 erotic romance novel by the same name, written by British author E.L James. It is the first installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.
American actress Dakota Johnson plays Anastasia while Jamie Dornan plays Christian Grey.
From the experience of The Wolf of Wall Street, banning a film only serves to popularize it, especially after all the blogs write about it.
Here are a few reactions from KOT.
Kenya Film commission has banned 50 Shades of Grey like we didn’t get to watch Wolf of Wallstreet eventually.
— Masaku (@masaku_) February 10, 2015
The Kenya Film Commission has banned 50 Shades of Grey? Well that’s confirmation that everyone will watch it now.
— Brian K. (@Yenyewe) February 10, 2015
Why y’all upset Kenya Film Corporation banned “50 Shades of Grey” yet you were still gonna buy it for 50 bob from the movie guy?
— Dr.iDaywa (@iDaywa) February 10, 2015
Just wondering where Kenya Film Commission got the authority to tell me what to watch and what not to watch. Last I checked I’m an adult!
— Johnson Nderi (@nderi_j) February 10, 2015
The calendars at the Kenya Film Classification Board offices say it’s 1998
— Benstake (@benstake) February 10, 2015
Kenya Film Commission banning movies but like hatuna torrents.
— [R] (@RamzZy_) February 10, 2015
I think some of the things the classification board does to remain relevant are just primitive. Banning a film because it’s erotic in 2015..? They should get our phones and see some of the sites Kenyans visit.