Bruno is a hit at the U.S. box office, but the same can’t be said everywhere! Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest masterpiece has been officially banned in Ukraine, just one week before it was scheduled to appear in theaters.
The country’s Cultural Ministry branded the film “immoral,” calling its language and sexual nature “obscene and improper.” Just a side note to Ukrainians everywhere: Isn’t that the point of a Sacha Baron Cohen movie??!
But Ukraine is serious about what films can be shown on the big screen. They appointed a 14-person commission to make the decision, which ultimately was that the movie would “cause damage to public morals.”
The commission said Brüno "artistically unjustified exhibition of sexual organs and sexual relations, homosexual acts in a blatantly graphic form, obscene language, sadism, and antisocial behavior which could damage the moral upbringing of our citizens."
Meanwhile, the Brits have re-edited the film to make it more teen-friendly. That version will come out July 24th, and will allow viewers 15 and under into the theater.
The full version seems to be doing quite well however, even though it’s probably about to get trampled by Harry Potter!