Ukraine`s culture ministry bans "perverted" Bruno comedy
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen`s wild antics in his latest film Bruno, in which he stars as a camp Austrian fashion reporter, have fallen foul of government censors in Ukraine.
The ministry of culture and tourism`s announcement came a week ahead of Bruno`s planned release date in the ex-Soviet state.
The Kommersant Ukraina daily quoted the film`s distributor in Ukraine as saying the ministry had objected to what it called "artistically unjustified displays of sexual organs, homosexual intercourse, and perversions, as well as profane language, sadistic acts, and antisocial behavior capable of harming the moral development of citizens."
Baron Cohen`s last film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, was also banned in Ukraine.
The deputy culture and tourism minister, Timofey Kokhan, who heads the ministry`s expert commission on film distribution, told the paper that nine out of 14 experts on the panel had objected to Bruno.
"If anyone objects to this decision, they can appeal to the national expert commission on the defense of public morals," he said.
Bruno topped the box offices in the U.S. and the U.K. in its opening weekend, raking in around $38 million in the two countries.