The Malaysian Government Banned Power Rangers for Promoting Heroin Abuse
In America, fears that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were corrupting children went no further than kids suffering awesome injuries while trying to imitate the show in their driveways. But the Power Rangers problem in Malaysia was a bit different (and dumber). In December 1995, the Malaysian government took the show off the air because, according to them, it was encouraging kids to stick needles in their veins and fill them with hospital-grade opioids. We admittedly do not remember the particular episode in question.
Saban Entertainment Although Bulk and Skull were always more than a little suspect.
As it turns out, the ban had nothing to do with the show's content. Malaysia targeted Mighty Morphin Power Rangers because they thought the word "morphin" was a little too close to "morphine." The country's deputy home minister claimed that the show was telling children that all they needed to do to become superheroes was find that shaky man hanging out behind the mattress store and score a dime of sweet, sweet H. Admittedly, Zordon must've slipped those teenagers something, because it only takes him nine seconds to convince them that thrusting oversized belt buckles into the air and shouting the names of prehistoric animals will transform them into magical ninjas.
Saban Entertainment"It won't be any of those dinosaurs with brains in their butts, right? Cuz if so, no deal."
However, despite failing to take similar precautions as Malaysia, no other country reported an increase in the number of preteens climbing on the Horse. It might have been because morphine doesn't exactly come on the candy rack at the drugstore, or it might have been because no one else in the fucking universe would've ever come to that daffy "morphin/morphine" conclusion.
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