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Wolf of Wall Street Banned, Censored Abroad for Gay Orgy Scene

January 15, 2014  |  1:15pm
<i>Wolf of Wall Street</i> Banned, Censored Abroad for Gay Orgy Scene

Maybe I’m alone here, but it always makes me feel patriotic when I read about other countries being more squeamish about homosexuality than the U.S. To me, it’s a refreshing change. Almost makes me want to break out a U-S-A! chant. Almost.

This story from the Hollywood Reporter is a great example. It seems Martin Scorcese’s Wolf of Wall Street contained some scenes that were a little too hot to handle in certain foreign countries. The film has been outright banned in Malaysia and Nepal, India and Lebanon. The U.A.E. have censored certain racy scenes, and you can only see the film in a few restricted theaters in Singapore. And this is probably just the beginning; while western Europe has accepted the film with open arms, it still hasn’t opened in many parts of the world, which means we could see a lot more censorship in the coming weeks.

As to which scenes caused offense, I think this sentence from the HR story says it best:

In India, three scenes were cut: a gay orgy, co-star Jonah Hill’s public masturbation sequence and the opening scene of the film that features DiCaprio blowing cocaine into a woman’s derriere using a straw.

Wait, they cut the derriere-cocaine-straw scene? That’s essential, man!

The censorship wasn’t a huge shock to Red Granite Pictures or international president Christian Mercuri, who had a good idea that more conservative parts of the world wouldn’t respond well to some of the content. Still, it hasn’t hurt business. Wolf is killing it in France, grossing $17 million already, and $40 million overall in international markets. It even won the weekend in Singapore, despite the restrictions, grossing over $300,000.

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