Friday, 17 March 2017
Beauty and the Beast pulled from cinema's in Malaysia
The Malaysia Film Censorship Board told the Associated Press: "We have approved the film, 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".
Homoexuality is currently illegal in Malasia with those "found guilty" of homosexual "offences" facing up to 20 years in prison.
In 2015, the current Malasyian Prime Minister Najib Razak compared the LGBT community to Islamic State.
Walt Disney have therefore taken the decision to barr the film from being shown at any cinema in the country.
A representative for the company told Bloomberg: "the film has not been, and will not be cut for Malaysia".
Josh Gad, the actor who plays the character of Le Fou, who struggles with his sexuality in the film, said it was a shame that the moment had been leaked. He added that he hopes it will still be somewhat of a surprise for cinema audiences.
Emma Watson, who plays Belle said the subtle portrayal of Le Fou added extra dimensions to the character.
Another cast member, Ewan McGregor, who does the voice of Lumiere, said the views are outdated. Appearing on 'The Late Show', he said: "It's just like...it's just like, he's a gay character, and it's 2017 - f*ck sake, you know".
Meanwhile Russia has banned anyone under the age of 16 from seeing the film because of the "gay moment", and a drive-in cinema in Alabama has said it will also refuse to show the film.
Homophobic bigotry is alive and well. You can show you don't support these views by going to see Beauty and the Beast this weekend!