Wed Mar 15, 2017, 11:37 AM
Juan Rico (17,201 posts)
Disney Says It Won't Edit Beauty and the Beast for Malaysian Censors
Walt Disney Studios has refused to cut a brief, gay-themed scene from “Beauty and the Beast” as demanded by government censors in Malaysia, meaning the film will not open there Thursday as scheduled. The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia recently ruled that a shot involving two male characters dancing in a ballroom must be cut from the movie, on the grounds that it promotes homosexuality. The sequence is said to be three seconds long “The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” Disney said in a statement Tuesday without elaborating.
The film’s director, Bill Condon, has called the scene in question — involving a character named LeFou, manservant to the villain, Gaston — an “exclusively gay moment.” The film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and costing $300 million to make and market, is a live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated blockbuster of the same name.
Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, chairman of the censorship board, argued Wednesday that Malaysia was not preventing the movie from being screened. “It is in our guidelines that we don’t allow L.G.B.T. activity in movies in Malaysia,” he said in an interview. “They are the ones not allowing the movie to be shown. We approved it with a minor cut.”
He said the movie would have been shown with a PG-13 rating had Disney agreed to cut the scene. Malaysia is a majority-Muslim country, and sodomy is illegal there, although the law is seldom enforced. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, has a thriving gay community. Mr. Abdul Halim said it was common for his board to order cuts in movies before they are shown in Malaysia. “If they want to screen it here, they have to comply,” he said.
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Wed Mar 15, 2017, 12:39 PM
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3. F*** them. We are a global community or we are not
If some petty nation does not want this or that inside their borders they can fail in trying to stop it.