Rocketman has reportedly been banned in Samoa because of its depiction of gay sex.
Samoa, the independent state in the South Pacific, is devoutly Christian, with even consenting homosexual sex being punishable with seven years in prison.
The Apollo Cinema in the capital of Apia confirmed via a Facebook post: “Unfortunately due to censoring issues we have had to cancel ‘Rocketman.’”
Leiataua Niuapu Faaui, the principal censor for the government, told the Samoa Observer that the film is ”not good for public viewing and violates laws against same-sex marriage.”
The censor added that the movie’s themes do not ”go well with cultural and Christian beliefs here,”’ though they concede that ”it’s a good story, in that it’s about an individual trying to move on in life.”
Motion pictures including the 2008 biopic Milk, starring Sean Penn as the first openly gay elected official in the state of California, and The Da Vinci Code were also banned in Samoa.