Chinese Web users hoping to catch the new sexual bondage film “Fifty Shades of Grey” were taking a beating on Friday, after several sites that had planned to stream the film abruptly changed course.
The sites, LeTV.com, iQiyi.com and v.qq.com, had said on social media that they would offer the feature adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel-which has been a surprise hit in theatres and made the biggest ever February debut in the US-on Friday at midnight. But LeTV and iQiyi late Thursday posted apologies on their Weibo accounts saying that the film couldn’t be streamed for “special reasons.” Neither site specified when the film would be available.
“We pray that everyone won’t have to watch a ‘big-head’ version when it becomes available,” LeTV said in its notice, referring to recent restrictions on TV dramas in which images of actresses have been zoomed-in to eliminate their low-cut necklines.
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