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Late last week the Kenya Film Classification Board took to facebook to “ban” Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, his 3 hour+ latest saga of greed in the pursuit of the American dream. The KFCB, who “regulate exhibition of film content to the public,” posted the following statement:

“There is a LIMIT to everything and we believe the Kenyan public deserves better. WOLF OF WALL STREET has been RESTRICTED. The film is NOT for sale, exhibition or distribution in KENYA. Violators shall be PROSECUTED.”

KFCB’s move has come with an online backlash, and not to mention, curiosity-induced publicity that has sparked a surge in viewership. We ourselves had  a few questions for the folks at KFCB. How do they plan on blocking online streams? Who gives non-governmental agents, such as themselves, the authority to decide what is and isn’t right for consumption by the Kenyan public? How will they “prosecute” said “violators”? Before we had a chance to reach out to the board, NTV anchor Larry Madowo spoke with KFCB “Corporate Communication Manager” Evelyn Mbuni to ask these questions and more. Watch the insightful interview below.

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  • Felix_de_kat

    Africa oh my Africa, Geeez! Who are you to decide whats good for the people of Kenya?

    • maumee01

      “Who are you to decide what’s good for Kenya?” Felix, isn’t that the central role of a truly representative government? If the Board has no governmental authority, then at least it possesses the right to express its opinions as a matter of free speech, and should also have the right to file a common citizen’s complaint against its vendors, exhibitors and distributors, and let the courts decide the dispute. Would such outrageous behavior as portrayed be tolerated in public by anyone in today’s Kenya without someone demanding that official action be taken against the offenders? Notice, the Board is threatening action against the sellers, exhibitors, and distributors, not the private citizen, who might possess or view the movie. Even as unhealthy and unwise as that may also be. An important and laudable distinction.

  • maumee01

    I agree with Kenya’s action 100%. If American society had done the same thing before the Wolfs of American Media took total control of our society, we wouldn’t be be where we are today culturally. In the trash bin. The KFCB’s position is courageous, admirable and correct for Kenya. I hope Kenyan citizens accept and support this action as well. France has also legislated against American erosion of its own language, cuisine, culture and traditions. Current American cultural mores and norms are to be deplored by the world, certainly not emulated. If the movie’s producers respect Kenya’s sensibilities, let them edit out or dub over the offending content to make it suitable for a decent society. If the movie can’t survive such editing, it has no reason to exist.