If worldwide distribution for the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” has proven anything it’s that there is still rampant homophobia all over the world. After most of its scenes depicting gay relations were censored in Russia just a week ago, the American-British produced musical has now been completely banned in the island nation of Samoa, all because of the tiny bit of homosexuality ‘Rocketman’ depicts onscreen.
Samoan local newspaper the Samoa Observer claims local censors thought the film “was not suitable “ with the country’s Christian values. “We’re concerned with the cultural values and also the Christian beliefs here in Samoa — it’s not appropriate for public viewing,” censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui said.
If performed in Samoa, sodomy is punishable for up to seven years in jail. Over 97% of the population is Christian. [Via Reuters]