The King and I (Every Version Ever)
Banned In: Thailand
Two words that Thai censors don’t like: 'King' and 'The'. At least when it’s their King.
The Thai government has banned practically every version of musical adventure The King And I, claiming that the King Of Siam is a divine being, not a flawed human prone to impromptu outbursts of song and resembling Yul Brynner.
Not to be denied, Hollywood tried a cunning title change with Jodie Foster’s Anna And The King.
The Thais weren’t fooled – they banned that, too.
Banned In: South Australia
Okay, not quite so mainstream but still a good one...
After getting an eyeful of Michael Winterbottom’s controversial live-sex show, the South Australian Classification Council upgraded the status of 9 Songs from R18+ to X18+, effectively banning it in South Australia (although it says R18+ in the rest of the country).
That year, they unbanned notorious exploitation flick Cannibal Holocaust.
Real-life blowjobs? How dare you! Real-life animal torture? Welcome aboard!