Samoa bans ‘Rock­et­man’ over gay scenes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

SYD­NEY (Reuters) — Samoa has banned “Rock­et­man,” the movie-mu­si­cal based on the life of Bri­tish mu­si­cian El­ton John, over its de­pic­tion of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, the South Pa­cific is­land’s cen­sor has said. The film was banned last week be­cause it clashed with Samoa’s “cul­ture and our Chris­tian be­liefs,” the cen­sor, Leiataua Ni­uapu Faaui, told the Samoa Ob­server news­pa­per on Mon­day.

About 97 per cent of Samoa’s nearly 200,000 peo­ple are Chris­tians and sodomy is a crime in the is­land na­tion. “Rock­et­man” star­ring Taron Eger­ton, tracks El­ton John’s first steps in the mu­sic busi­ness, from his pi­ano play­ing as a child to his ex­plo­sion onto the U.S. scene and its drug and al­co­hol-fu­eled party world.

Scenes in­volv­ing gay sex and drug tak­ing were cut from a screen­ing in Rus­sia, draw­ing crit­i­cism from John and the film’s mak­ers.

The movie, which has won warm re­views, be­gan its world­wide roll­out late in May.

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