After one day in cinemas Tanzania has pulled the plug on 50 Shades of Grey.
When reached by phone for ticket inquiries, a Century Cinemax employee says, “We’re not showing it anymore, it’s been cancelled.”
“It was banned Friday night,” says a source who declined to be named, confirming the Tanzania Film Censorship Board’s decided to ban the much-hyped romantic erotica drama.
It is possible for interested parties to appeal the Film Censorship Board’s decisions.
Most references to the film have already been removed from Century Cinemax’s Facebook page.
Kenya also put the blindfold on the film earlier this week.
The film, which is R-rated (16 and above) “should not be screened or distributed to the public,” the Kenya Film and Classification Board wrote on their Facebook page.
The ban hasn’t gone over well on social media, with many chiding the board for being stuck in the last century.
“Dear Kenya Film and Classification Board, you have failed in the digital class,” one person wrote.
“It is a new day, technology has changed and your ‘ban’ sounds like the board has not been in the 21st century. How will the board enforce the ban when individuals watch it inside their homes or residences?”
“Just ban the internet,” writes another.
The R-16 rating is the same as other films recently shown in theatres: American Sniper, Fury and The Wedding Ringer.