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Malaysia bans Jennifer Lopez movie 'Hustlers'

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Malaysia has banned the movie "Hustlers", a Jennifer Lopez film based on the real life exploits of a band of strippers who fleeced clients after having drugged them.

Malaysia's government has been accused by art critics of being a nanny state for its conservative position on the films it allows to be shown in the country. In August, the film censorship board (LPF) cut out gay sex scenes in "Rocketman", a movie based on the life of British singer Elton John.

The ban on "Hustlers" was announced over social media late on Thursday by the movie's local distributor, Square Box Pictures.

No reason was given by the distributor, but the LPF said it was packed with so much obscene content there would not be much of a film left after it had made all the necessary cuts, according to a report by AFP.

The LPF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Hustlers" - inspired by the real life story of Samantha Barbash and three others who stole at least $200,000 from men they had drugged - collected over $30 million at North American theaters in its opening weekend last week.

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I'd ban it simply because it has Jennifer Lopez in it.

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I'm outraged.

We should all be outraged.

This is an outrage.

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We should all be outraged.

Why? I'm not Malaysian.

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Bugle Boy of Company BToday 07:10 am JSTI'd ban it simply because it has Jennifer Lopez in it.

She has looks, sex appeal and that's it. No acting talent at all, music is meh.

Burning BushToday 07:14 am JSTI'm outraged.

We should all be outraged.

This is an outrage.

The movie may not be good but Malaysia's government is backwards and prudish. Let the citizens decide.

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For once Malaysian

conservatism has done a favor to its people. It's saved people from this movie

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The movie may not be good but Malaysia's government is backwards and prudish. Let the citizens decide.

It's entirely possible that the majority of the citizens of Malaysia are equally as conservative as their government.

She has looks, sex appeal and that's it.

You say that like it's a bad thing. :)

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Can't think of a better way to promote this film in Malaysia (or anywhere else) than by banning it. Haven't these people heard of DVDs? Or Internet streaming?

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Haven't these people heard of DVDs? Or Internet streaming?

Wouldn't be surprised if the very same lawmakers who banned it are watching it at home. They have to accommodate the local moral police. I put this movie in the category of Wolf of Wall Street, though probably less well-made. It's a film that glamorizes the lives of predatory scum.

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Can't think of a better way to promote this film in Malaysia (or anywhere else) than by banning it. Haven't these people heard of DVDs? Or Internet streaming?

Last time I went a night market in Kuala Lumpur, quite a few shops were selling DVDs. They even had a section for banned in Malaysia movies in plain sight.

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I do not even understand why other countries bother distributing cultural products there...

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She has looks, sex appeal and that's it.

You say that like it's a bad thing. :)

Simple. When I go see a movie, I want to see good acting, dialog, script, humor, etc. As for music, the same thing. If the song isn't tuneful then the sexiest video can't mask that fact, just like there are good songs that have dull videos. After all, George Harrison summed up the ideal best when he said that the best thing you could say about the Spice Girls is that you could always watch their videos with the sound turned down ; )

And the best musicians female or male didn't get their critical praises or last the test of time just by emphasizing their good looks. Rolling Stones, anyone?

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 After all, George Harrison summed up the ideal best when he said that the best thing you could say about the Spice Girls is that you could always watch their videos with the sound turned down ; )

Grumpy old man complaining about younger generations, as though the Beatles were the first and last word in music.

And the best musicians female or male didn't get their critical praises or last the test of time just by emphasizing their good looks. Rolling Stones, anyone?

Good example. The Rolling Stones pulled co-founder Ian Stewart out of the band (though he played on the recordings) because he was a bit older and didn't look the teen idol type. And if the Beatles were balding 40 year olds, how famous do you think their songs would be today? Pop music has always relied on youth and looks. Some good music has come out of it, still. But a lot more great music was never heard. If anything, I would say less attractive musicians get more audience share today, thanks to the internet and end of the stranglehold of record companies and TV.

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Censorship, in all its forms, is the mark of the authoritarian, the fascist and the petty little coward control freak. Those people need to be removed from ALL power.

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Whether Malaysia is right to ban I don't know. But any effort to prevent the spread of the cancerous filth, violence, perversion and more coming out of Hollywood is wise.

Two of the most destructive influences on children and society: Hollywood and the Internet. Wise parents should monitor and restrict/guide children accordingly.

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"Hustlers", a Jennifer Lopez film based on the real life exploits of a band of strippers who fleeced clients after having drugged them.

Obviously a theme of 'women's empowerment' and 'feminism' from the woke Hollywood community.

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Can't they just ban Muslim Malays from entering the cinemas? After all, laws applied to citizens are different depending on whether they're Muslim or not. Just let the ethnic Chinese and Indians in if they want to see the film.

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@starpunk

Bugle Boy of Company BToday 07:10 am JSTI'd ban it simply because it has Jennifer Lopez in it.

She has looks, sex appeal and that's it. No acting talent at all, music is meh.

Burning BushToday 07:14 am JSTI'm outraged.

We should all be outraged.

This is an outrage.

The movie may not be good but Malaysia's government is backwards and prudish. Let the citizens decide

Right on, starpunk! As much as I don’t agree with this decision, it’s still up to the people of Malaysia to the side. After all, it is their country. Just as we wouldn’t like it if the people of Malaysia wanted to try to tell people in our countries with films we can’t can’t watch, we shouldn’t do the same to them.

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