Disney refuses to cut ‘gay moment’ from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Director of the movie Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken pose with cast members Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 2, 2017.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Director of the movie Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken pose with cast members Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES, March 15 — Walt Disney Co indefinitely pulled Beauty and the Beast from theaters in Malaysia rather than remove scenes involving a gay character to placate local authorities.

“The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” Disney said in an emailed statement.

Golden Screen Cinemas, Malaysia’s largest theater chain, said Monday it postponed showings of Beauty and the Beast at the studio’s request. Golden Screen will offer refunds to patrons who purchased advance tickets to screenings and a related event, the company said on its website.

Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board approved Beauty and the Beast for a P13 rating after requesting cuts of about 4 1/2 minutes from a subplot with a “gay moment,” Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, the film board chairman, said in a text message. Theaters can screen the film at any time after the deletions, he said. A P13 rating requires those below 13 years of age to be accompanied by a guardian. Read more

Beauty will not meet her Beast after all in Malaysia

Source: FMT News

Dan Stevens (kiri) bersama Emma Watson bergambar ketika promosi ‘Beauty and the Beast’ di London pada 23 Februari 2017. — Foto Reuters

Actors Dan Stevens (L) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

PETALING JAYA: Just when we thought Beauty and her Beast could come out to play, it looks like they will have to stay behind closed doors now that the local distributor has decided to shelve the release of the movie indefinitely despite getting the green light from the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) .

“Beauty and the Beast” met with controversy recently when its director Bill Condon revealed that the movie contained a “nice exclusive gay moment” involving one its characters.

Speaking to The Associated Press, LPF chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid confirmed that the controversial homosexual scene had been axed as it was deemed inappropriate to Malaysian audiences, and the movie given a PG13 rating, requiring that children below 13 years of age be accompanied by a parent.

“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 told AP.

He also said the film’s distributor The Walt Disney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd had not appealed to the LPF about their decision to cut the gay scene. Read more

Malaysia allows Beauty and the Beast screening but censors ‘gay moment’

Source: Asian Correspondent

Director of the movie Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken pose with cast members Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Director of the movie Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken pose with cast members Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw at the premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

MALAYSIA will allow Beauty and the Beast to be shown in cinemas, after reports on Monday its release would be postponed indefinitely.

Disney Malaysia confirmed the premiere and the film’s release on Thursday would be delayed after objections from the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF).

Release of the film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, was reportedly on hold for “internal review” by authorities.

SEE ALSO: Film censorship is being used to quell discourse in Malaysia

Later in the day, however, LPF chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid told The Star Online “the film has been approved with a P13 parental guidance classification, with a minor cut.”

The authorities had made a minor edit on the film after concerns about a “gay moment.”

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon told gay lifestyle magazine Attitude this month the film would feature “a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

Local cinema companies Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and TGV Cinemas were offering refunds for Malaysian customers who had already bought tickets.

The GSC website still reads “movie not available” where the synopsis of Beauty and the Beast should be. Read more

Gay wujud sebelum ‘Beauty and the Beast’ lagi, kata Nazri

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Actors Dan Stevens (L) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Dan Stevens (kiri) bersama Emma Watson bergambar ketika promosi ‘Beauty and the Beast’ di London pada 23 Februari 2017. — Foto Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Mac — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz menyelar penangguhan tayangan filem Beauty and the Beast, menyifatkan ia tindakan tidak masuk akal.

Menteri pelancongan dan kebudayaan berkata penonton filem seharusnya diberi pilihan membuat keputusan untuk menonton filem yang digemari.

“Saya rasa ia mengarut. Maksud saya ia sebahagian daripada cerita dan kita tidak perlu menirunya.

“Kita tidak melarang sesebuah filem kerana watak gay.

“Sebelum ini tanpa watak gay dalam Beauty and the Beast, sudah ada golongan itu di dunia. Saya tidak fikir ia akan mempengaruhi sesiapa.

“Kita perlu berfikir. Kita mesti membenarkan penonton untuk membuat keputusan,” katanya.

Filem yang dijadual ditayangkan Khamis ini, di Malaysia ditangguhkan selepas kontroversi watak gay. Read more

Watak gay, Malaysia tangguh tayang ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Actors Dan Stevens (L) and Emma Watson pose for photographers at a media event for the film Beauty and the Beast in London, Britain February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Dan Stevens (kiri) bersama Emma Watson bergambar ketika promosi ‘Beauty and the Beast’ di London pada 23 Februari 2017. — Foto Reuters

PETALING JAYA, 13 Mac — Filem Beauty and the Beast ditangguhkan tayangannya, yang dijadual Khamis ini, di Malaysia selepas kontroversi watak gay.

Pengedarnya Walt Disney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd berkata penangguhan filem itu untuk “semakan dalaman”, lapor portal Star Online petang ini.

Tiada penjelasan lanjut diberikan berhubung penangguhan itu dan tarikh baru tayangan filem klasik Walt Disney itu tidak dapat dipastikan.

Semakan terkini jadual tayangan mendapati filem itu ditarik balik daripada rangkaian panggung-panggung utama negara ini.

Filem itu, bikinan semula animasi Walt Disney pada 1991, dibintangi pelakon popular Emma Watson yang memegang watak Belle dan Luke Evans sebagai Gaston.

Kontroversi timbul apabila watak LeFou, yang dibawa Josh Gad, digambarkan oleh pengarahnya Bill Condon “yang mahu mencium Gaston.”

Orientasi seks watak tersebut hanya terdedah sekelip mata dalam tarian akhir Beauty and the Beast, dan penonton mungkin tidak perasan, lapor The Guardian. Read more