The move was in response to public protests and ‘official letters’ claiming the film compromised local morals
The ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ American erotic melodrama’s tour of big screens in Russia’s North Ossetia stopped before it had really got off the ground, as several movie theaters within days of one another removed it from their schedules over public protests and official claims of immorality of the film.
Stolichnyi, the latest movie theater to pull the film, took to Instagram to explain its decision. The film “does not fit into the Ossetian people’s mentality and is at variance with the multinational Ossetia’s culture,” it said.
Two other venues in Vladikavkaz – Terek and Druzhba – had done the same thing days earlier, Kavkaz.Realii news site reports.
Up to 2,000 people have watched the film in the four days it was on.
Incidentally, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was also banned in North Ossetia in 2015 over protests by local youth and public organizations.