Disney has reportedly pulled Beauty and the Beast from airing in Malaysia, after the country said it wouldn’t approve the film in its current state because of the “gay moment” between Le Fou (an openly gay character played by Josh Gad ) and Gaston (a heterosexual character played by Luke Evans).
We quite like that Disney refused to cut the scene and made it an ‘all or nothing’ kind of deal.
“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.”
It’s important to note that scenes promoting homosexuality are actually forbidden in Malaysia. Although gay characters are still allowed to appear in films, they reportedly must be shown in a negative light.
Malaysia isn’t the only country to have had a problem with the homosexual references in the film. Just last week, Russia declared that it would change the censorship rating of the movie, so children under the age of 16 wouldn’t be allowed to see it.
A cinema in the American state of Alabama has banned the film because it “goes against” its religious beliefs.
We don’t know about you, but all this controversy makes us want to see it more than ever… not long to go now!