Critics Condemn Malaysia’s Censorship of ‘Rocketman’

“rocketman.” Photo credit: Paramount Picture

Malaysia censored gay sex and kissing scenes out of the Elton John biopic, ‘Rocketman,” and has recieved criticism from film fans.

The head of Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board said the board doesn’t “promote LGBTQ” in films for public viewership, according to Reuters. But some fans are saying the state has overstepped. 

“We don’t need a nanny state,” said Malaysian TV personality and art critic Sharaad Kuttan, who has watched Rocketmanin full,Reuters reported.“Governments today cannot control the representation of the LGBT community and individuals – they are fighting a losing battle.” 

Sodomy is a crime in Malaysia and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Elton John himself has spoken out against censorship of the move in other countries such as Russia in the past.