The release of Disney’s latest film Beauty and the Beast has been delayed indefinitely in Malaysia due to it featuring a “gay scene”.
Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, film censorship board chairman, commented that he was unaware of the postponing of the film. The film had been approved by the board apart from a minor gay scene, however Malaysia is not supportive of it.
“We have approved it but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment. It is only one short scene but it is inappropriate because many children will be watching this movie,” Abdul Halim said.
Disney refused to cut the scene, instead deciding to not release the film in Malaysia at the current time.
The controversy stemmed from the film featuring a character called LeFou, who according to director Bill Condon “is confused about his sexuality.” Condon has described a brief scene as a “gay moment.”
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