Effective immediately, in a sweeping act of official censorship, the Russian government banned all Meryl Streep movies from the country. On Monday night, government agents took moviegoers at Moscow’s Kinoteatr 16 movieplex aback they when stormed the projection booth and seized a copy of Florence Foster Jenkins, the 2016 Streep film that was unspooling. However, the full force of the ban didn’t come until Tuesday morning, when the MVD ordered police to go door to door, confiscating Streep DVDs from Russian citizens. Vasili Dmitryevich, who lives in St Petersburg, said:
They terrified me. They broke down my door. My wife was screaming. They wouldn’t leave until I handed over Mamma Mia!
In an appearance on state television, President Putin offered no reason for the ban, other than to say that Streep was “overrated”.
10 January 2017
The New Yorker