Thai film banned for ‘blasphemy’ against Buddhism

A Thai Film, Arbat, has been denied release in Thailand due to its depiction of misconduct by a Buddhist monk. Scenes in the film are considered by the Thai ministry of culture to be disrespectful to Buddhism:

Thailand’s ministry of culture announced Tuesday that the film, titled Arbat, would be denied its planned wide release on Thursday because it depicts “misconduct” by Thai monks, including drinking, drug-taking, violence and “improper relations” with women. The Thai censorship board said that some scenes were “disrespectful” to [the] Buddha.

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