British funnyman Sasha Baron Cohen's hit new movie BRUNO has been banned by authorities in the Ukraine amid fears the controversial comedy will "damage the morality" of locals.
The outrageous film, starring Cohen as gay Austrian fashionista Bruno, has been a success in the U.S. and U.K., debuting atop box office charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
But officials in the eastern European country are refusing to allow it to be released in their cinemas because of the "unjustified" shots of genitals and homosexual sex scenes. The decision to ban the film came after nine out of the culture ministry's 14 members agreed to veto its release.
Explaining the ruling in a letter to the country's film distributor Sinergia, officials say: "The Ukrainian ministry of culture has decided to ban all showings of this film on Ukrainian territory.
"The film contains unjustified showing of genital organs and sexual relations and shows homosexual acts and homosexual perversions in an explicitly realist manner. (It also contains) sadistic manifestations which could damage the morality of citizens."