Disney will not cut "gay moment" from 'Beauty and the Beast'
"The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia"
[Updated 15 March 2017] Walt Disney Co. has released an official statement about the Beauty and the Beast "gay moment" controversy, asserting that it will not show the film with the 4.5-minute scene cut, as ordered by the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF).
"The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia," Disney's statement reads.
Time to plan a trip elsewhere to watch the movie.
[Updated 14 March 2017] Disney's Beauty and the Beast has been approved by the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF), but not without a scene being cut from the film.
"The film has been approved with a P13 parental guidance classification, with a minor cut," said Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, chairman of LPF. According to Abdul Halim, the minor cut concerns a "gay moment" in the film.
"We have approved the film so there is no more issue with the LPF. Once a film receives approval, it means it can be screened. However, the date of screening and where the screening takes place is not under LPF's jurisdiction. We only look at the content and give a decision on whether the movie gets approved or not," he said.
Abdul Halim also added that the film had already been approved for "quite some time". The new premiere date has yet to be announced and Golden Screen Cinemas and TGV Cinemas are currently offering refunds for customers who have purchased tickets to see the film on 16 March.
If you've been trying to book tickets to see Disney's highly anticipated live action remake of Beauty and the Beast on 16 March, you'll find that the film is not even listed on local cinema websites anymore.
According to The Star, screenings of the film have been postponed indefinitely for an "internal review". We have reached out to Disney Malaysia for comment but as of now, no other details about the sudden postponement have been revealed. Perhaps Le Fou's secret man crush on Gaston was the triggering factor?
Meanwhile, in Russia, the tale that's old as time has also come under fire. According to Russian news outlet, Ria Novosti, State Duma deputy Vitaly Milon wrote a letter to culture minister Vladimir Medinsky, urging for the movie be banned for its "blatant, shameless propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relationships."
In Alabama, a drive-in movie theatre has said that it would not show the film because of Le Fou's character. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches," the Henagar Drive-In said. "You can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language."
Whether postponed or banned, Malaysian netizens are not happy with the changes.
Is the govt actually trying to get Beauty and The Beast cancelled in Malaysia because there's a gay character in the movie? :)))))))))))))— not typical. (@JustinTWJ) March 13, 2017
Beauty and the Beast is such an iconic story, I’ve been long anticipating the release of it. And apparently its gonna be banned…smh— Jin Lim (@Jinnyboy) March 13, 2017
Apparently Beauty and the Beast isn't going to be shown in Malaysia, a Disney movie, banned. Funny.— Faez Najmuddin (@HiFaez) March 13, 2017