Samoa bans Elton John movie 'Rocketman' due to homosexuality

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Samoa's film censor has banned Elton John rock biopic Rocketman because of its gay content.

The film features too many scenes "not good for public viewing", Samoa's Principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui was quoted as saying by the Samoa Observer.

"About 97% of people in Samoa identify as Christian, and the society is generally considered conservative and traditional", reports the outlet.

The censor furthermore added: 'It's a good story, in that it's about an individual trying to move on in life'.

Sodomy and "keeping place of resort for homosexual acts" are crimes in the country, and punishable by up to seven years in prison.

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Apollo Cinemas Samoa over the weekend announced it would not be screening the film due to "censoring issues".

The movie examines John's sexuality and relationship with then-manager John Reid.

The decision comes after Rocketman's local distributor in Russian Federation was criticised for reportedly cutting gay scenes from the film to accommodate local laws.

The film focuses on Elton John's beginnings, starting when he was a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music and carrying over to when he reached global stardom through his influential and enduring musical partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin.

Movies including the 2008 biopic Milk, starring Sean Penn as the first openly gay elected official in the state of California, and The Da Vinci Code were also banned in Samoa.

Since opening 10 days ago, Rocketman has taken in about $101 million at theaters around the world.

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