Disney Won't Let Malaysia Cut Gay Scene from Beauty and the Beast
You may be forgiven for thinking it’s 1917 as opposed to 2017 when you hear that Malaysia has refused to show Beauty and the Beast in cinemas because of a “gay moment” in the movie.
The gay moment in question, without giving too much of the plot away, occurs between gay character LeFou (portrayed by Josh Gad – the voice of Olaf from Frozen, don’tcha know!) and heterosexual character Gaston (played by Luke Evans).
It’s actually illegal to portray homosexuality in movies unless the character “repents” or is shown in a negative light.
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The film censorship board in Malaysia has agreed to show the film in cinemas if the aforementioned gay moment is removed…
"We have approved it but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment," Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, film censorship board chairman said. "It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie."
That’s all very well, but Disney has actually refused to let Malaysia show the film if it removed the gay moment. Quite a dramatic move, we must say, but we actually really applaud Disney for making such a bold statement.
The film was slated to hit the cinemas in Malaysia on Thursday, but has been postponed “indefinitely”.
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