Censorship Board probes 'Fifty Shades of Grey' premiere

HARARE - Ster Kinekor Westgate could be summoned by the Zimbabwe Censorship Board to explain the showcasing of erotic dances at the premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey last Friday.

The event organisers hired erotic dancers whose sexually suggestive moves have triggered a backlash on social media with some aggrieved people equating the event  to  a “porn show”.

Isaac Chiranganyika, the Zimbabwe Censorship Board secretary, told the Daily News yesterday that they would soon sit down as a board to evaluate the video circulating on social media and impose fitting sanctions if need be.

“As a board, we have to sit down and watch the video. We also need to read it from the media, or have someone complain so that we can summon them.

“So we shall sit down and watch the video and look at what we had agreed on as conditions for the premiere,” he said.

Many movie fans who attended the premiere of the controversial movie took to twitter and Facebook to express their displeasure.

One complainant had this to say: “The authorities say they do not want condoms in schools, yet they leave such things happening in public places.

“I hear that it (Ster Kinekor Westgate) is owned by a prominent pastor, how could he let such things happen.”

While Ster Kinekor Westgate and Eastgate premiered the heavily censored version of Fifty Shades of Grey, the Sam Levy’s Village branch of the movie house decided to boycott the controversial movie.

“The film Fifty Shades of Grey which premiers in many countries, on the 13th of February will not be screened at Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village,” read a statement posted on the Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village Facebook page.

“The Zimbabwe Censorship Board has denied certification to screen the film, in its original form, based on the explicit nature of intimate scenes contained within the movie.

“It was felt that heavy censorship would compromise the integrity of the film and thus, a decision has been made by Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village not to screen the film within its complex.”

Comments (2)

I don't know, but if you're going out to watch soft-porn I really don't think you are in a position to be complaining about the morality of strippers. And the reason they gave you strippers is because they figured that if you like soft porn you most probably like that kind of stuff... jus sayin;-)

Shameless - 18 February 2015

Please donot allow this book Fifty Shades to be allowed in in Zimbabwe, it a spirit of decadence wrapped in a book, I didn't read it , but from what I hear it installs lust through suggestive shinnanigans.....please please Mphoko and Mnangagwa show your clout and bar this book from the hands of the impressionable masses.

Msuuuunuuu - 18 February 2015

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