Backlash in Samoa over ‘hypocritical’ Rocketman ban

Activists accuse censors of ‘selective morality’ in nation where transgender women are widely accepted

The banning of Rocketman, a biographic film about the life of musician Elton John, in Samoa has prompted criticism by human rights activists of “selective morality” in a country where transgender women are widely accepted.

The public found out about the ban through the cancellation of a screening by the only theatre in the country, Apollo Cinemas Samoa, on Monday.

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Backlash in Samoa over ‘hypocritical’ Rocketman ban