‘Rocketman’ banned in Samoa over gay content

Elton John biopic “Rocketman” was banned from the island nation Samoa last week due to its depiction of homosexuality onscreen.

According to Reuters, the country’s censor told the Samoan local newspaper the Samoa Observer on Monday that the film was not suitable and clashed 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.

In Samoa, “sodomy” is illegal and is punishable by up to seven years in prison. Over 97% of the population is Christian.

Samoa has previously banned the Harvey Milk biopic “Milk” in 2009, as well as the 2006 film “The Da Vinci Code.” Last year, Samoa edited scenes from a screening of the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Last month, it was reported that Russia had censored scenes of gay sex from “Rocketman,” an action that earned a sharp criticism from John and the filmmakers.

“We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor ‘Rocketman’ for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today,” John and the filmmakers said in a statement. “Paramount Pictures have been brave and bold partners in allowing us to create a film which is a true representation of Elton’s extraordinary life, warts and all. That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people. We believe in building bridges and open dialogue, and will continue to push for the breaking down of barriers until all people are heard equally across the world.”

“Rocketman” stars Taron Egerton as John in a musical biopic about the British pop singer’s life and career.

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Bella Hadid attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Bella Hadid attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Elton John attends the "Rocketman" Photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Dexter Fletcher, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden and Taron Egerton attend the photocall for "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/TASS) (Photo by Oleg Nikishin\TASS via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Elton John and Taron Egerton attend the "Rocketman" Photocall during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Julianne Moore attends the screening of "5B" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Eva Longoria attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Eva Longoria attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Priyanka Chopra attends the screening of "5B" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Sara Sampaio attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Eva Herzigova attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Izabel Goulart attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Dita Von Teese attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Daria Strokous attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Mohammed Al Turki and Siran Manoukian attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Lady Victoria Hervey attends the screening of "Rocket Man" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Emily Beecham attends the screening of "Little Joe" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
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