Malaysian film banned for LGBT and government-mocking storylines
- Banglasia, directed by Malaysian YouTube star Namewee, was banned by the government for “mocking national security issues” and highlighting “negative sociocultural lifestyles such as lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT).”
- The film focuses on a diverse group of people overcoming their differences and took comedic aim at controversial political events from Malaysia’s history.
- A Kickstarter campaign to recoup lost finances and secure an Internet release for the film stalled.
“Ministry: ‘Banglasia’ film banned for ridiculing national security, promoting LGBT” (The Malay Mail)
“Malaysian film promoting LBGT rights banned for ‘mocking national security’” (The Guardian)
Banglasia trailer (YouTube)